To tessellate or inlay is, by definition, "to adorn with insertions"
This ancient art form involves creating intricate patterns and details by “laying in”, or embedding mother-of-pearl, brass, mirror and other materials into wood. The contrast between materials gives an illusion of depth. Because of the painstaking work and attention to detail involved, it was originally only found in the homes of the elite.
Modern inlay designs are primarily organic lines and shapes; they can also be geometric in form. Inlay furniture is crafted by skilled artisans, making each piece unique. The inimitable style transforms a piece of furniture into functional art and brings a rich heritage into the home.