|Whilst Marquetry and Parquetry are similar in many respects, marquetry
is distinct in that it includes curved cuts, whilst parquetry is made
of straight sided timber.
Not so long ago, marquetry flooring was confined to the very seriously
rich only. If one wanted elaborate marquetry in one's Palace it
was helpful to have free access to the coffers of a State or a Church!
The invention of the laser has democratized marquetry. It is still
costly, but is now about 10% of the pre-laser cost.
Marquetry borders are often combined with plainer geometric parquet.
This may be to enhance a plain floor or to trim budgets whilst still
showing off an elaborate floor or purely as a choice of aesthetic.
Most of the following photographs are of the work of Berti
of Italy, who have built a reputation second to none in the field
of lasered marquetry.