Skip to main content
Questions & Answers
Our trusted network of 1stDibs sellers answer common questions

What is the difference between inlay and marquetry?

1 Answer

The difference between inlay and marquetry is that with marquetry, pieces of wood, ivory, metal and other materials are used to form an intricate design that is applied as a veneer to a wood surface, while with inlay, cutouts are made in a solid piece of material to receive segments of a different set of materials that form a surface pattern.

1stDibs ExpertMay 23, 2019