The term parquetry is used to describe a geometric mosaic that is made up of small wood blocks. Although it can be used in furniture, it is most commonly used for flooring. This decorative and intricate flooring has been widely used for many, many years (hundreds in fact).
Most people with associate parquet flooring with school halls, churches and gyms, but it can also be used in homes. It produces a lovely and stylish effect in hallways, dining rooms and lounges. Parquet floors are very durable and they require very little in the way of maintenance. They come in a number of different patterns, but herringbone is without doubt the most widely used (think of those school halls again!). Other types of patterns include chequerboard and basketweave.
Most people recognise that the word parquet has French origins. However, most do not know that it is derived from the word parqueterie. During the seventeenth century large diagonal squares known as parquet de Versailles were used instead of marble flooring. A replacement for the marble was necessary as it required a lot of maintenance and cleaning!
Parquet flooring is available in many different types of wood including oak, walnut, pine and mahogany. The latter is a more costly option, but it is undoubtedly very beautiful! In fact it is usually possible to have a parquet floor made up from just about any type of wood. It is even possible to have a parquet flooring made up of environmentally friendly materials such as bamboo. Bamboo is more eco-friendly than wood due to the fact that it is a grass and, therefore, regenerates very quickly.
Parquet floors have a number of advantages compared to other types of flooring. In the first instance, they are not as costly as most people would assume. As mentioned previously, they are also long lasting and very low maintenance.
They also offer a unique and different look. Parquet flooring has more style and elegance than popular modern flooring such as laminate. Like other kinds of wood flooring, parquet is a great choice for people with allergies. Unlike carpets and rugs, it does not harbour dust and allergens.
There aren’t many downsides to parquet flooring. If they become scratched they can be sanded down and restored to their former glory! Of course there is a limit to the number of times this can be carried out. Furthermore, as with all woods, it is susceptible to moisture damage. Therefore, homeowners need to be careful not to expose this kind of flooring to humid and moist conditions.
To sum up parquet flooring makes a good choice for people who are looking for something unique and stylish – it offers something that is just that little bit different!
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