Parquet flooring was first introduced in the 1600's in Versailles, France. The installation of parquet was very labour intensive and required a high skillset and expert craftsmanship. Wood was cut up into geometric pieces and then glued down to the substrate, scraped, scrubbed, sanded and then finished.
Nowadays we see different parquet patterns such as Versailles, Herringbone, Chevron, Chantilly, 5-bar Parquet, End Grain; only limited by ones imagination. Since the 1600's there has obviously been huge changes and improvements in the flooring industry.
Parquet still comes in glue down/site finished options but the newest addition to the beautiful world of parquet is the prefinished style. The prefinished option now provides easier installation of the product, and requires less labour intensive work and rates.
As I've mentioned in previous posts, it's all in the details. There's always a spectacular look that's achieved by adding some traditional details in a modern or minimalist space. Bringing something that used to be quite popular to a space, adds a timeless element. Now, I may be biased after working in the flooring industry for quite some time, but to me flooring in a home is one of the most important elements. Considering the return of popularity with parquet and oil finishes, there is no better time to mix the old and the new.
from Happy Interior Blog
(site-finished 5 bar oak parquet)
While browsing the internet for examples of beautiful parquet flooring I happily stumbled across this image. I remember a few years ago working with clients who wanted to rip out their 5-bar oak parquet and replace it with something much more modern/contemporary. I always thought it was such a shame to get rid of such a beautiful floor that lends itself to so many design options. This is a great example of the mixture of present day and timeless trends.
I love minimalist spaces and contemporary furniture, but sometimes it can be overdone and end up feeling too empty or cold. Beautiful parquet hardwood can add some detail to the space, without taking away from the minimalist style.
The white walls and minimal wall art convey a minimalist style, but warmth is still felt through the herringbone flooring. Detail is added to the space in the flooring and yet simplicity is still very apparent in the space.
Some of us in the industry are very excited about the return of parquet. One of our suppliers, Lauzon - is taking full advantage of this and is now offering pre-finished parquet hardwood.
(Lauzon Maple Ambiance, 4 bar parquet)
Lauzon's parquet line is sold in single bars, so it can be installed in different patterns. There is also solid & engineered options so it can be installed over a wood or concrete substrate.
Yours in design,
The Floorscapes Team