If you are looking for a feature, not just a floor, there is nothing more enticing than the intricate art of parquetry.
In simple terms, parquetry is a mosaic of handlaid wooden pieces laid to form a decorative design. However, parquetry is more than the sum of its pieces, with these small wooden blocks creating stunning patterns and truly unique pieces of art.
And while parquetry originated in France in the 17th century, the stunning designs and indeed practicality of parquetry flooring has maintained its popularity to the present day.
In practical terms, parquetry flooring does require a skilled professional to undertake the initial installation. It is paramount that the floor is even, and that measurements are exact.
Most hardwoods such as Oak, Walnut and Teak are suitable for parquetry, and these are glued and pinned to plywood to ensure a smooth and even surface.
However, once a parquetry floor is laid, it is extremely low maintenance. Cleaning should only require a sweep and a mop, and unstuck or damaged blocks can simply be reglued, or replaced as needed.
“Many of our enquiries about parquetry are from customers who really want their home to stand out from the crowd, and not to look like just any other plain renovation,” says Ecora MD Daniel Bloom. “Parquetry certainly provides the wow factor when you walk into a room, but most people expect it to be hugely expensive and difficult to maintain. In fact, our parquetry starts at just £36.66 m² for Rustic Oak, and once installed it is extremely easy to keep clean and to replace a block if it is ever needed.”