Parquet flooring is the name given to a type of flooring which owes the origins of its name to the French word parqueterie and dates back to the mid to late 1600’s.  Popularly associated with Versailles parquet flooring is a type of wood flooring made from small blocks or strips of wood which are laid to create a regular and geometric pattern. 

Adding much of its appeal to the use of various species of wood such as oak, walnut, cherry, lime, pine and maple, laying parquet flooring isn’t something suited to an inexperienced DIY-er.  Often referred to as mosaic flooring, parquet flooring is highly appreciated and recognised thanks to it’s decorative effect.

Typically laid in regular and geometric, angular shapes, you will see squares, triangles and lozenges featuring strongly in traditional parquet flooring.  That said, stars and sun effects are also commonly found.  For people who prefer a less overall effect, the classic herringbone or chevron patterns are more likely to appeal.  In fact nowadays, the herringbone pattern is arguably the most popular choice for anyone installing parquet flooring.

Parquet flooring can be made from both solid, and engineered wood nowadays, although originally it would have been made from 100% solid wood.  Solid wood parquet flooring, as the name suggests is parquet flooring made from solid pieces of timber.  Engineered parquet flooring on the other hand is made from layers of different types of wood, topped by hardwood.  No matter whether you choose solid or engineered parquet flooring, the end look will be the same.