The Wood and Marquetry museum, located in the town of Revel, is the only museum dedicated to the woodworking trade in France.
Marquetry or wood inlay was first practiced in Antique Egypt. The Egyptians used inlay to decorate the throne of the pharaohs, the furniture,
the chests etc., that were also embellished with gold, ivory, ceramic tiles and precious stones.
During the Middle Ages this labor intensive type of woodwork fell out of fashion and was practiced only in few workshops in Italy.
The invention of the jigsaw blade in the 16th century made the cutting of thinner veneers more easily achievable and the marquetry started
to develop and spread all over Europe.
In the 17th century a new technique referred to as “by superposition” was developed in Germany and perfected by Andre-Charles Boulle cabinetmaker of King Louis XIV.