An inlay is a technique of inserting pieces of contrasting colours into hollowed-out spaces to form a design. It involves engraving foliage patterns, and simple everyday designs are inlaid with either acrylic, plastic, bronze or camel bone. The ivory inlaid products are most sought after not just in India but worldwide, followed by bone, metal and acrylic inlays. The Shisham wood(North Indian Rosewood) is used due to its durability and resistance to warping. Traditional inlay work is usually done using brass or copper wire and Sheesham wood.
Inlay work is not just used for furniture but also for long-lasting printing stamps for block painting. Tables, chairs, table and home décor items with Moghul style inlay and floral patterns are very famous.