Wood has for ages been used to make furniture, trinkets, boxes and other collectable items, what sets eastern wooden antiques apart however, is the intricacy of the decoration. Carving, engraving, and inlaying are the most common methods used by these master craftsmen.

The type of wood as well as the methods of decoration do vary across region, but can often be found incorporating geometric pattern, animal and floral designs, copper or mother of pearl inlay.