Parquet flooring is different from the usual hardwood floor because instead of wooden planks laid slide by side, parquet uses smaller pieces of wood arranged in decorative patterns; so you do not only get the inherent beauty of wood grain, you will also have a mosaic effect on your floor.
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.
Glued to the concrete floor these hand cut pieces of wood are 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.
These days, parquet is a lot more affordable, but no less sophisticated and royal. Feel free to explore our website and don’t hesitate to contact us for more information and pricing.