Parquet de Versailles is the parquetry pattern that was created for the palace of Versailles in the 1680s.
Parquet floors didn’t really become widespread, though, until Louis XIV had them installed at Versailles in the 1680s. Louis had spent the previous two decades expanding and renovating his father’s hunting lodge in order to turn it into a seat of power commensurate with all the glories of France — and of Louis himself. He initially had marble floors installed in all new areas, and had simply replaced broken earthenware tiles in the bedrooms of the original hunting lodge. But in the 1670s, the marble floors in the King’s Grand Apartment were leaking when they were washed, and were rotting the joists, or floor supports. Louis and Le Vau decided to replace most of the marble with wooden floors — a decision that must have had plenty to do with aesthetics as well as engineering, considering that it was so ‘trendy’: in 1693, the architect Nicodemis Tessin referred to the Versailles parquet as being “in the new style.”
Louis XIV’s designers created a special pattern for the Versailles floors, composed of large squares of parquetry, laid on the bias, with interlaced diagonal squares within. The pattern is still known as Parquet de Versailles. But aristocrats all over France were having new parquetry patterns laid in their châteaux, patterns that are often still known by the name of the place they were first installed. Ado Exclusive Flooring is proud to offer Classic Versailles Pattern as part of our Artisan Oak Floor Collection.