Designing the decades: the revival of parquet flooring

2018 is very much the year for decoration, every surface is considered and this starts from the floor up. Strong statement wood floors in different patterns, textures and designs are key interior trends in 2018, with geometric patterns, herringbone and chevron designs and parquet floors in general featuring in projects.

Herringbone, chevron and geometric flooring can be used in any size space, with the floor acting as a unifier between rooms. There are a number of finishes to these floors which create very different looks. For example, square edges create a seamless look, while traditional hand rolled edges define each block, emphasising the pattern.

While parquet flooring was once very much the emblem of the elite in 16th century Europe, herringbone, chevron and parquet de Versailles patterns are enjoying a revival in contemporary projects. Parquet flooring today brings together classic designs with modern interpretations, the perfect starting point for adding texture to your project.

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THE HISTORY OF PARQUET FLOOR

The history of these versatile patterned floors is as intricate as their design, with the roots of parquet going back centuries.

The herringbone pattern was first used by the Romans, who discovered that roads could be made more stable by pointing bricks in the direction of traffic flow.

It wasn’t until the 16th century that the design began to be used in wood flooring. Wood parquet flooring was introduced into the elegant palaces of Versailles, replacing grand marble floors that were more expensive and harder to maintain. Because these floors would have been crafted by hand and incredibly difficult to install, they were sparsely available and only royalty and aristocracy could afford them.

Parquet floors remained the first choice for floor coverings for several centuries with parquet floor’s imaginative designs giving artistic opulence, complimenting the style of grand chateaus and prestigious establishments across Europe.

Pictured above is our Hydria herringbone, sourced from 150 year old French railway Oak and featuring honey tones and a grain-bestowed flow. When used as flooring in this stunning new build there is the perfect balance between old and new.

It was only in the 1940s that innovations in synthetic materials and new techniques meant that carpet became available to most households. Almost overnight parquet flooring was being covered up by inexpensive synthetic alternatives.

Parquet floor came back into vogue in the 1990s, reintroduced by interior designers looking back at traditional trends with fresh eyes. Modern design software allowed companies to create more intricate designs than ever before, so while traditional herringbone, chevron and parquet de Versailles panels came back into focus, so did new inspired patterns.

The End Grain floors in our Parquetry portfolio are the perfect example of these new inspired designs. The geocentric end grain of oak reveals the wood’s beautiful heart, creating an elegant and individual floor.

Another factor in the revival of parquet flooring is the introduction of engineered wood flooring, designed to overcome problems that sometimes occurred with solid wood flooring, such as shrinking and buckling due to changes in humidity and temperature.

If a parquet floor is something that you’re considering in your next design project, request a Woodworks by Ted Todd brochure and explore our collection of handmade, reclaimed and antique parquet flooring.

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