Styles of parquet flooring, or geometric mosaics of wood pieces to create decorative flooring, can be found in many British homes. Particularly popular during the 1930s, herringbone parquet flooring can be a stunning original feature.
What is Herringbone Parquet Flooring?
While parquetry can take a number of forms, using triangles, squares and so on, the herringbone pattern uses rectangular blocks. Most often found in Edwardian and 1930s homes, the blocks are arranged in a zig-zag pattern called ‘herringbone’. Glued to the sub-floor, the hardwood blocks provide a pleasing and hard-wearing surface for everyday life.
History of Herringbone Parquet Flooring
When you think of patterned flooring, tiled mosaic may be the first thing on your mind. Indeed, the history of mosaic is long and rich. Examples come from around the globe over the course of centuries. While earlier mosaic used pebbles and glass, more recent variations rely on tile. In contrast, parquetry comes from a French art of wooden mosaic floors.
‘Parquetry’ from the Old French ‘parchet’ meaning small enclosed space. The most well-known early example of parquet floors are the ‘Parquet de Versailles’. Laid in the Palace of Versailles in 1684, these floors replaced marble flooring. The marble required frequent washing and damp through joins would rot supporting timbers. Since the 17th century, parquet floors have been used across a wide range of housing, from grand estates to the herringbone parquet floors found across Essex and the Southeast.
Advantages of Herringbone Parquet Floors
Herringbone floors feature as a recent trend in flooring. This is unsurprising as these floors can offer many advantages. Firstly, they are a highly sustainable option. Crafted from solid blocks of hardwood, herringbone parquet floors may be refurbished many more times than engineered or top-nailed hardwood flooring. Next, they are hard-wearing. Wooden floors tend to offer great longevity, which is one reason they are a great choice for rental properties and busy families. Finally, herringbone parquet is simply beautiful. The gorgeous patterning provides a unique feature to your home, without sacrificing durability.
Herringbone Parquet Floor Sanding Essex
Simply Sanding does more than just floor sanding Essex. Indeed, we sand and refurbish all kinds of wooden floors. This work includes repairing and replacing very damaged pieces. Moreover, we work with a range of parquet flooring, installing and refurbishing a number of parquet styles including five-finger mosaic parquet and chevron parquet.
Think your herringbone floors are beyond repair? Think again! Simply Sanding can tackle terrible-looking floors and get great results. Want to see what your floors can be? Contact us for a free, no obligation quote.