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Parquet

Now this is not a question you encounter every day, but interior designers and architects are often asked to advise as to which is the best parquet floor pattern for a project. So, before we look at the individual nuances of each, let’s explore the history.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PARQUET

The Romans were responsible for many innovations and parquet is believed to date back to Roman times. They discovered that roads could be more stable if the bricks used to build them were in a particular configuration, pointing in the direction of the traffic.

Fast forward to the 16th century and the parquet design began to be used in wooden floors in France. Beautiful examples can be seen in the Francois 1 Gallery at the Chateau de Fontainebleau, and in the Hall of Mirrors at the Chateau de Versailles. This made parquet very much ‘en vogue’ and these floors became prolific in castles, palaces and the homes of the nobility and wealthy throughout Western Europe. Italy, being ahead of its time, had stone and tile examples dating back to the same era.

The style experienced a notable revival in 19th century Paris. Today, Hungarian point, or chevron, is widely recognised as a great classic of traditional French flooring once reserved for mansions and apartments designed by the likes of celebrated designer Baron Georges Eugene Haussmann.

Such is the popularity of Herringbone and Hungarian point patterns, they are not only found in flooring but also wallpapers, tile spashbacks, decorative objects, mosaics, fabrics, jewellery and sculpture. Everywhere.

THE DIFFERENCE

Chevron, or ‘Point de Hongrie’, named after a 16th century embroidery stich, is originally fashioned from pieces of wood arranged in a zig-zag fashion, Hungarian point is traditionally a more structured pattern that is cut on an angle, so the tiles or planks meet like an arrow head. Herringbone is a more a staggered zig-zag pattern, and is often more dynamic in design. Unsurprisingly, Herringbone takes its name from the bones of the herring fish.

LAPICIDA’S RENAISSANCE IN STONE

Parquet flooring has become synonymous with uber-trendy interior spaces. The array of designs available can add a rich sense of movement and vibrancy to an interior scheme. Today, the style is experiencing a completely different kind of revival. It is being widely used in stone again and these patterns are ingrained in the history of Lapicida. We have crafted beautiful floors from stone in herringbone and chevron patterns for over thirty years.

VERSAILLES & PARQUET PORCELAIN

Now Lapicida has introduced a new take on this classic floor; creating perfect facsimiles of wood parquet in porcelain. This makes it infinitely more practical for everyday life. Indistinguishable from the real thing, it has all the colours and grain textures of the wooden original, but none of the maintenance. Wear and tear, fading, scratches and splinters all become things of the past, along with waxing, sanding and sealing. 

Lapicida’s incredibly durable porcelain parquet comes in two classic collections, ‘Versailles’ and ‘Parquet’. Together they offer two different designs in a wide range of natural timber colours, from a pale, limed oak to a dark antique. Supplied in large tiles, they are easy to install and a very clever way to get an authentic look at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. 

PERFECTION IN PARQUET & POINT

Antique English Reclaimed Hungarian Point works for both contemporary and traditional interior design styles. This sandstone floor is available with a sawn edge to give a modern, clearly defined line. £395/M² +VAT.

Silk Georgette Large Hungarian Point (featured above left) is a stunning beige and cream vein-cut marble that creates real drama. It is also available as a smaller tile for a denser repeat pattern for smaller areas. Also available in small and bronze large and small. £195/M² +VAT.

Nero Parquet is a black limestone with a distressed finish that can be used to give a distinctive pattern for contemporary and also traditional interiors and exteriors. £120/M² +VAT.

Parquet Khaki (featured above centre) is a square wood-effect porcelain tile that takes its inspiration from traditional Swiss chalets. Hard-wearing and easy to maintain it has a cooling brown hue. Also available in buff, grey and brown. £69/M² +VAT.

Versailles Panel Dark (featured above right) is a square wood-effect porcelain tile wood effect tile reproducing all the charm and characteristics of handmade floor inlays. Also available in light. £94.80/M² +VAT.

4D White Chevron and 4D Blue Chevron porcelain tiles focus on the aesthetics of three dimensional shapes to create a distinctive porcelain tile. White £69/M² +VAT. Blue £79/M² +VAT.

Crossover Mosaic Grey combines marble and limestone in a cool contemporary palette of mink grey and white. Suitable for interior floors and walls, including wet areas, it has real Eastern Seaboard style. £395/M²² +VAT.

Interested in parquet? Want to explore it further with a Lapicida expert? Simply contact Lapicida on +44 (0)1423 400 100 or email enquiries@lapicida.com.

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Featured Products

ANTIQUE ENGLISH RECL. HUNGARIAN POINT W/ SAWN EDGE
SILK GEORGETTE LARGE HUNGARIAN POINT
NERO PARQUET

PARQUET KHAKI
PARQUET GREY
PARQUET BROWN

PARQUET BUFF
VERSAILLES PANEL DARK
VERSAILLES PANEL LIGHT

4D WHITE CHEVRON
4D BLUE CHEVRON
Crossover Mosaic Grey

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