Inlay flooring is flooring with a decorative pattern which is set into its surface. Many inlaid floors are made from wood, with contrasting patterns and ornaments in different types of wood which will show up well against the primary flooring. Inlaid floors are often quite beautiful, especially when well cared for.
When inlaid flooring is installed, the pattern is carefully mapped out before installation begins, and the pieces of the flooring are meticulously cut and put together like a puzzle. Some inlaid flooring may include accents in other materials like bronze, bone, or stone to add even more contrast to the design. Once the entire floor is assembled, it can be finished, polished, and treated. If the floor is well made, the seams between the inlaid portions will be totally smooth, ensuring that the floor still stand up to years of use.
Parquetry is a geometric mosaic of wood pieces used for decorative effect.
The two main uses of parquetry are as veneer patterns on furniture and block patterns for flooring. Parquet patterns are entirely geometrical and angular.
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