Parquetry refers to the process of installing mosaic flooring by fitting small pieces of hardwood together—usually blocks or strips measuring up to ¾-inch in thickness—to form inlaid or overlaid patterns, which are typically geometric and frequently incorporate a variety of species or finishes. Originally inspired by marquetry—the process of configuring elaborately inlaid patterns for use as decorative cladding—parquetry first rose to prominence in 17th-century France as an alternative to marble flooring.

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