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King Louis XIV of France kicked off the trend for parquet flooring in the 16th Century when he ordered the install of small sections of wood laid in elaborate designs in the Palace of Versailles. Parquet flooring steadily rose in popularity, replacing marble and stone which were difficult and expensive to source and to lay. Throughout the ages Parquet flooring has been imaginatively laid in many attractive patterns such as basket-weave and chevron however, today, the herringbone design remains the number one choice.
In the 1930’s carpets came into fashion and many parquet floors were replaced or covered by carpets. Traditional parquet flooring can be brought back to life with the help of a floor restoration professional. Russwood recommend Osmo Oils to provide a beautifully hard wearing yet easy to maintain finish.
Check out our blog How to look after your Russwood floor for more tips and advice.
If you haven’t been lucky enough to rip up your carpet to find a parquet floor waiting to be lovingly restored, Russwood offer a range of Solid and Engineered Oak Parquet which can be customised to suit your project.
Perfect for a period property, our 17th Century Style features authentic sunken knots and a rich, glossy finish to evoke feelings of years gone by. The characterful surface is a practical choice for commercial buildings and heavy traffic areas.
Our Grande Parquet range is a contemporary twist on traditional parquet. Generously sized boards make rooms appear larger and open up spaces, making a statement in entrance halls and reception rooms.
For an ultra-modern look, our Brushed Prime Grade Grande Parquet fits the bill. Wire Brushing creates texture, resulting in a naturally durable surface. Boards are carefully selected so only small knots remain and white hardwax oils accentuate the grain in the Oak to suit contemporary, scandi inspired interiors.
The striking pattern of parquet flooring is a great way to liven up uninteresting rooms like hallways or WCs and can be used to great effect as a wall cladding or headboard. If using Parquet throughout your project seems too adventurous, why not mix Parquet and Plank? Our floor boards can be machined as Parquet to be laid as Herringbone style or as straight boards in lengths of up to 2.4m.
For more information about Russwood’s range of Oak Parquet Flooring please get in touch with one of our Flooring Experts.
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