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(pronounced skrach koht)

In the process of plastering interior and exterior surfaces, the scratch coat is the first coat. This wet plaster is "scratched" with a trowel, comb or soft bristled brush to roughen

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(pronounced skreed)

Used as a noun, a screed is a tool that is drawn over freshly poured concrete to strike off portions of the concrete surface so that it can be leveled to the

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No, we didn’t make this word up. We learned it from textile expert and P&C Contributor,

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(pronounced suh-KRAY-tehr)

See escritoire.

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(pronounced SEH-kruh-ter-ee)

See escritoire.

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(pronounced SEK-shun)

Of course, you can use this word as a verb (think of sectioning an apple before gobbling it up), but we’re talking about the noun variety here. As you might imagine, a section

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(pronounced sehlf WEHLT)

An upholstery term describing the practice of finishing the seams of an upholstered piece with a welt covered in the same fabric as the item itself. This method tends to make

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(pronounced SELL-vehj)

You will also see this word spelled “selvedge”, but it means the same thing. In general, the term means a border or an edge, but when it comes to the design industry,

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(pronounced SEHM-blents)

This word comes from the same root as the more familiar “resemblance,” which should help you remember it. Semblance can mean a few different things: a true or obvious

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(pronounced seh-RAH-pee)

An informal term for 19th century carpets woven in northwest Persia's Azerbaijan province, specifically in the Heriz district. In the United States, these highest quality of the Heriz carpets are called Serapi.