Straw marquetry is the art of applying straw to an object to form a pattern or decorative design. It is a rare old technique that goes back to the 17th century in Europe. Designers used straw to cover furniture, walls and even entire rooms. Today designers use its potential in modern design.
The technique, unchanged for centuries, is very time-consuming. Before applying dried and dyed straw is splitted, flattened and cut one by one so it can be assembled in plenty of different motifs. The process is entirely handmade and requires patience and accuracy. Transforming this simple material into something luxurious and elegant can take months, but the result is amazing and one of a kind. True work of art.
For marquetry rye straw is used. It is cultivated and harvested old style in Burgundy (France). The straw is dried and dyed to more than 50 colors and then opened and flattened in workshop. Straw has a natural wax and silica that protects it from water and make it resistant. The special beauty of straw is that its surface reflects light in very unique and subtle way.