Centuries ago, valuable furniture or wall coverings were decorated with marquetry (originally the French term for marquetry). The first examples date back to the 15th century in Italy. Expensive, exotic woods were often used for the technique, which was further developed and popular in the 17th century. In contrast to intarsia, the marquetry is prefabricated as a whole and glued onto the inexpensive blind wood. It is therefore not an inlay of wood, tortoiseshell, metal or similar, as is the case with intarsia, but rather a veneer technique.