Most of us know that parquet flooring is made up of small pieces of wood put together to make a pattern on the floor – parquet patterns! Usually but not exclusively hardwood is used, with pieces not thicker than 15mm deep. They can even be as thin as 2 or 3mm and still last for many years, although most solid hardwood floors today are between 6 and 10mm thick. The parquet is laid on top of an existing load bearing floor and is meant to be decorative rather than simply functional. While oak is the most commonly used wood to make parquet flooring in the northern hemisphere, it is possible to use more than one species of wood in order to get a contrast in colour and in the pattern of the grain.
The simplest pattern for parquet flooring is regular or irregular lengths of wood laid down in strips. Two popular designs are known as Herringbone and basketweave. Patterns can be combined together to create a pleasing effect.
Herringbone can be laid in what is referred to as single, double or triple block. Using an arrangement of rectangles, the pattern is laid out in the same style as the skeleton of a fish, hence the name. Chevron Parquet is very like herringbone in design but the ends of the blocks are removed at an angle, which makes a chevron like pattern on the floor. Rows of blocks alternate between light and dark, which is a result of the light being reflected away from the wood at different intensities. This will depend on the grain and its direction within each row.
Basketweave is a simple but elegant floor design which is ideal for irregularly shaped rooms, as the pattern can be easily continued into smaller areas. Feature borders or custom inlays are all possible with this type of design. Treble Basket Weave involves the formation of parquet battens and squares which form a weave design, which would then be installed diagonally across a room.
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