Two types of flooring really get me and the first one is Parquet, thats what we will be having a chat about today. My second is polished concrete. completely two different compositions, but both equally beautiful.
Now parquet is my oldest obsession, my first realisation of these hardwood blocks set in a herringbone pattern was as a child, sitting on such floor and parking the cars in each block making patterns. As I got older, it was the pure beauty of the natural wood. I remember one of my friends living in a fantastic large open plan 60s house and sliding across the floor, we loved it and so did my friends parents as she made us these mop type slipper things to buff up the wood.
As I got older the appreciation became stronger and I longed to live in a house with such flooring, sadly this still hasn’t happened, there is still time, think that will be on my top must have when we downsize. Any way one of my last indulgences, much to the horror of the daughter, was at one of the London university buildings on a open day. We walked in and my god the flooring was so dam mighty fine. The sun was pouring through critall windows on to the floor and I just couldn’t help myself to bend down and smooth the warm wood, my daughter stood in horror as I had caused people to stop and stare as i was just saying how I would love to lay on the floor and feel the warmth from the wood, little did i realise that the acoustics of the building made my whisper rather loud.
Parquet, what does it mean?
Simple. A floor covering of pieces of hardwood fitted in a decorative pattern; parquetry. The origins of its name are to the french word parqueterie and dates back to the mid 1600’s. The parquet floor can be made from solid and engineered wood. Solid wood is as you would expect, made from solid pieces of timber, engineered is made from layers of different types of wood topped by hardwood.
Whatever you chose the finished look will be the same. As for the laying process, well I would leave that to a professional or a very skilled DIYer. Thank goodness you don’t have to use hot bitumen anymore, the new way to lay is with a cold adhesive which gives a very stable result.
And just as a cheeky finish there are some amazing faux parquets out there from Floor tiles to vinyl, have a look at these if your on a tight budget.