The definition of “parquet”, for many people, is probably not too clear, and probably something they heard their parents talking about. But lately the term has been resurfacing, for very good reasons.
So what IS parquet? Many people in the U.S. who have heard of parquet flooring are either interested in interior design or basketball fans. One of the most famous parquet floors in the country was, until recently, being constantly battered by the Boston Celtics in the Boston Garden. The original floor had been moved from the Boston Arena in 1946, and it was named as the reason for many of the Celtics’ championship wins—the many perpendicular pieces of wood meant that the ball reacted different to each section of the floor and gave the Celtics a true “home court” advantage. The court floor was disassembled in 1999 and sold as souvenirs, but parts of it still live in the new parquet of the TD Boston Garden arena floor.
Parquet was not just for basketball-court flooring, but also seen as quite a stylish addition to homes in the 1950s and 60s. Although the block pattern was usually used for the larger sporting applications, in homes the patterns would be more intricate, perhaps using the herringbone, basket weave and “Versailles” patterns.
Every trend, it seems, is fickle, and a new one comes in to replace them every decade or so. Perhaps it was the sleek and chic aesthetic of the 70s that brought in the longer, wide plank flooring style that relegated parquet flooring to the historical files of interior design.
But now designers, who are now realizing its elegant character and class, are bringing it back. Many people are looking for hardwood flooring that breaks with the popular trend of linear patterns, and parquet patterns definitely add drama and interest to a home.
And just when we’ve explained the definition of parquet flooring, there’s another one. We are seeing an influx of European flooring on our side of the Atlantic, and the term, in Europe, refers to any solid-wood flooring product. And yes, their parquet can be used to create patterned parquet—as a matter of fact, the French invented the style of using wood pieces to create patterns in flooring in 1684.
Our newest product line, Chêne de l’Est, hasn’t been around that long, but the family-owned and operated company has been in existence for three generations, and produces the most exquisite, top-quality French oak hardwood flooring in a variety of beautiful finishes, and it is now available through Premier Flooring Solutions across the United States.
For more information about parquet flooring or our Chêne de l’Est products, please feel free to call us at (858) 292-6901 or contact us via our online form.
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