Marquetry is a decorative veneer forming decorative patterns, designs or pictures. The veneers are primarily woods, but may include bone, ivory, turtle-shell tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, pewter, brass or fine metals.
Parquetry is very similar in technique to marquetry: in parquetry the pieces of veneer are of simple repeating geometric shapes, forming tiling patterns such as would cover a floor (parquet), or forming basketweave or brickwork patterns, trelliswork and the like.
Marquetry derives from a Middle French word meaning “inlaid work”.
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