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Design Glossary

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Majolica

Majolica is a style of bold-coloured pottery first designed by a 19th-century English potter who was inspired by the bright colours festive themes and strong forms of ceramics from the Spanish Renaissance.

Masonite

A type of hardboard made from pressed wood fibres used as a building material or insulation.

Matchstick Roller Blind

A window covering made of thin strips of cane or basswood; filters light and can be painted or stained.

Matelassé

"French for cushioned or padded"". Fabric woven on a jacquard or dobby loom in double cloth weave. The pattern stands out and gives a ""pouch"" or ""quilted"" effect to the goods."

Medium-Density Fibreboard (MDF)

A less expensive alternative to wood MDF is made from wood fibres fused under heat and pressure. Many veneers use MDF as a base.

Melamine sheets

A sheet material commonly used in building inexpensive cabinets and ready-to-assemble furniture. It is a thermosetting plastic resin applied to a substrate like particleboard.

Mercerized cotton yarn

Yarn that is treated under tension with a soda solution in order to give it strength a silky lustre and make it more receptive to dyes.

Mitre

A mitre or mitre joint is made by beveling two parts to be joined usually at a 45° angle to form a 90° angle. It is often used in making picture frames.

Mitre box

A wooden box with grooves cut into it at different angles; the grooves direct your saw at an angle while you cut.

Mitre saw

A manual or power tool used to make a quick accurate crosscut. Most mitre saws are relatively small and portable with common blade sizes ranging from eight to 12 inches. The mitre saw makes cuts by pulling a spinning circular saw blade down onto an object in a short controlled motion.

Monochromatic

A colour scheme composed of tints and shades in a single hue. Pairing our French Laundry duvet cover in white/white with white sheets white matelasse coverlet and window treatments and decorative pillows in various shades of white would result in a serene spa-like monochromatic bedroom.

Mortise or mortise-and-tenon

To join or fasten securely with a mortise (a hole or recess cut that receives a projecting part shaped to fit into it) and tenon (projecting part).

Moulded Architectural Art

Highly decorative profiles made of polyurethane or wood.

Multi-level loop

A combination of yarns of different heights with a textured sculputed look.

Muslin

Strong often sheer cotton cloths of a plain weave often used for sheets and pillowcases.

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