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.
Windsor Castle. Restoration & Recreation.
This floor now resides in the Crimson Drawing
Room at Windsor Castle. It is a recreation of the floor destroyed
in the great fire of 1992. Berti carried out the laser cutting and
Our Parquetry and Marquetry consultant, David Gunton, was responsible
for identifying the timbers and patterns in the destroyed floor,
drawing the new floor, making, fitting and finishing it.
For this work David was awarded;
"The Worshipful Company of Carpenters Special Award
in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in the Restoration, Re-Creation,
New Design and Quality of Craftsmanship at Windsor Castle."
- the equivalent of a carpenters Oscar in marquetry!
To the left is a photograph of a superb marquetry floor which beautifully
combines traditional motifs with modern floral images.
To the right is a photograph of a floor which is now in the Kremlin
(not made by us). This floor is cleverly manufactured to be an access
floor as well as a piece de resistance of the marquetieres'
This Marquetry floor exemplifies the difficulty of defining expressions
like Marquetry, Parquetry, Boards, etc. We made this Baroque floor
of 20mm thick oak boards 200mm wide in a 'pippy' grade of oak. It
is inlaid with natural Brown Oak, Walnut and Wenge. It is shown