“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
― Clare Boothe Luce
“The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.”
― Walt Whitman
“Simplicity is natures first step, and the last of art.”
― Philip James Bailey
What’s so special about our Artisan Oak Floor Collection? It’s simple, elegant, and royal at the same time. It’ simple, because as far as materials go, there’s only one ingredient — European oak. It’s elegant, because we don’t spoil its natural beauty with cheap varnishes or dyes. It’s royal, well… because of its origin and unique look.
The term parquet (pronounced par-KAY) comes from a longstanding convention, which was to place wooden planks under thrones and other seats of honor, in order to visually demarcate the area from the rest of the room and to elevate it, literally and symbolically, above the floor. This decorative floor area was known as the parc (park) or parquet (little park), and must have evolved toward increasing decoration and inlaid patterning. By the Baroque era, parquet referred to both the technique and the genre of wooden floors inlaid in regular geometrical patterns.
Before 1600s, the floors of the wealthy and the royalty consisted of marble slabs. This marble required constant washing which quickly lead to the rotting of the wooden joints underneath the marble slabs. In 1684, a new type of flooring was introduced in Versailles, France. This flooring was made by hand cutting small pieces of various hardwoods into geometric shapes using squares, triangles, and lozenges.
Glued to the concrete floor these hand cut pieces of wood were then scraped, scrubbed, sanded and polished. The designs created by installing the wooden floors this way was called Parquet and it took a lot of effort and skill to lay. These floors were in and of themselves works of arts and took much time and skill to lay. This made these floors extremely expensive and they appeared only in the homes of the most affluent and royal families.