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Seeing a renaissance in recent years the timeless elegance of parquet and herringbone style flooring lives on. 

What is parquet & herringbone flooring?

Parquet

Parquet flooring is the term applied to geometrically patterned wooden block flooring. Small solid oak blocks are laid down in a pattern to achieve a look which has long been associated with prestige and grandeur. The parquet blocks can be laid in any pattern, providing complete design flexibility within both domestic and commercial projects. Russwood parquet oak flooring is available in both unfinished and prefinished options, with a variety of colours and styles available.

Herringbone

Herringbone is a style of laying traditional parquet blocks. Recently, however, we have seen a significant rise in the number of projects using standard sized floor boards which are laid in herringbone pattern; a modern take on a classic look. Due to the customisability and unique characteristics of herringbone, we would always recommend speaking to a member of our Flooring Team to discuss your options. For examples of Herringbone and other laying styles, click here.

Pre-finished Parquet Flooring

All of our prefinished parquet blocks are brushed prior to oiling. To create this effect, wire brushes are used to pull out the softer spring wood, exposing the harder summer wood, thus accentuating the grain and creating a beautifully textured surface.

Our prefinished solid parquet blocks are supplied prefinished with Osmo Polyx® Hardwax oil in a choice of 9 different colours – from white, through honeyed golden tones to rich shades of ebony. Before being oiled, boards can be smoked; this process adds rich, deep variations of colour to the palette, providing another 6 colour options. View these colours by referring to ‘brushed’ options within our Colour Guide.

Unfinished parquet flooring

Our unfinished parquet blocks come in two grades: Classic and Select. Both options require a light sand after fitting before being finished on site by a professional and will create a beautiful and timeless look for any domestic or commercial project. 

What kind of finishes do you recommend for unfinished parquet?

We recommend finishing your unfinished parquet floor with an Osmo Polyx® Hardwax Oil. Doing so will provide long-lasting protection whilst increasing the floor's durability and stain-repelling properties. Due to the depth of penetration achieved, Osmo Polyx® Hardwax-Oil preserves the character and appearance of the wood and ensures that your floor is easy to clean and requires minimal maintenance. Osmo Polyx® Oil is widely regarded as the highest quality Hardwax-Oil on the market and is available to buy through our online shop. For a list of Osmo oil colours available please go to the colour guide.

The alternative to hardwax-oil is a lacquer or oil-based system, which in our experience do not protect or enhance the natural beauty of the wood to the same extent as a hardwax-oil. In addition, chipping, scratching and cracking have traditionally caused issue when using these systems; issues which are not easily rectified without recoating the entire floor space. For further information on hardwax oil versus lacquer, and instructions on how to oil and maintain your floor, please go to Technical Support.

What sizes are available?

Parquet is available in solid oak only and comes in the following standard sized blocks;

Thickness:

22mm

Length:

400 or 500mm

Width:

70mm

What is the expected thermal performance when using underfloor heating?

TOG Rating:

20mm 1.32 TOG

Heat Transfer:

20mm 0.156 Wm2k

Can I order skirtings and stair nosings to match my floor?

Yes. We can supply a range of stair treads, stair nosings, skirtings, thresholds and tables to match floors, helping unify spaces within your flooring project. See more on our skirtings and stair material page.

In addition, our flooring is dried to 8-10% moisture content (+/-2%), making it perfect for other internal joinery applications such as wall cladding.

Panelling and specialised parquetry

We can also supply prefabricated parquetry panels. These are specialised, hand-crafted joinery products and as such we recommend contacting our flooring team for guidance.

Ask an Expert

Our floors are bespoke and made to order - we don't stock standard ranges. We can help and guide your choice, with expert staff who are knowledgeable, experienced and very helpful - call us on 01540 673648.

Laying Styles

Parquet flooring can be laid in an almost limitless amount of patterns and styles, some examples of which can be viewed by clicking the images below.

Lorn Macneal Architects
"We have a long working association with Russwood - the first time we specified Russwood flooring was in 2001 - and as well as offering a wide range of high quality products we have always found them to be very knowledgeable and helpful."

Michael Fredlander, Lorn Macneal Architects