Intricate parquet flooring can be created in many variations from the traditional values of yesteryear to the Ultra contemporary open spaces many of us create in our homes and work places alike. The use of Parquet is endless in terms of variations colours and textures and the new generation of patterns and shapes that were busy creating for you.
Parquet is a geometric mosaic using stunning wooden shapes and now we can also incorporate other mediums within the designs to create a truly unique decorative effect and can be seen here in our studios in a variety of styles and block patterns on our floors. Parquet patterns are entirely geometrical and angular—squares, triangles, lozenges. The most popular parquet flooring pattern is a standard herringbone yet this isn’t the only way as time and imaginations expanded so did the possibilities and shapes that could be created in this stunning traditional guise and yet can also be taken to modern and contemporary extremes even through to.
The word parquet derives from the Old French parchet or parc which in literal terms means “a small enclosed space”. Large diagonal squares known as parquet de Versailles were introduced in the mid to late 1600 as parquet de menuiserie (“woodwork parquet”) to which we believe the format was created to replace the marble styled floors which with constant cleaning with water that then caused issues with rot to the joists beneath the floors.
Timber contrasting in colour and grain, such as oak, walnut, cherry, lime, pine, maple etc.. are sometimes employed, and in the more expensive kinds the richly coloured mahogany and sometimes other tropical hardwood’s are also used and as we mentioned earlier we can now insert other mediums into the panels and styling of the floors we create so that porcelain steel, leather etc. can now enhance the past and take you into a new vision for the future of hardwood flooring.. While not technically a wood, bamboo is also a popular material for modern floors.
Parquet floors were formerly adhered to the sub floors with hot bitumen. The bitumen can still be a means of laying the parquet but as with modern advancements in adhesives we now install floors over most sub floors from concretes to liquid screeds as the sub floor preparations have moved on tremendously since the 1600 and now we can provided engineered versions of most of our parquet blocks and panels so that they can be installed over under floor heating providing the correct procedures have been followed and flex adhesives are correctly used.
Parquet floors are usually long lasting and require little or no maintenance to the actual wood but the finish does need care and looking after. We can also revitalise your old existing parquet floor by resanding and sealing using the latest in Natural Hardwax oils to enrich feed and bring your floors back to life or we can create a traditional or contemporary styled parquet or panelled floor with our virtually endless colour way
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Our Exclusive fine Oak Parquet blocks, patterns and panels are handcrafted and finished to order in our finishing centre here in the UK ready to be distributed throughout Europe and beyond. With over 300 colours, optional thicknesses, grades and textures available and to see the extensive possibilities, please schedule a visit to our showroom in Knaresborough, between Harrogate, Leeds and York. Call 01423 797 272 or visit our Showroom.