Parquetry – A brief history
Parquetry originated in France, and is a natural progression of a high culture art style using wood, called Intarsia, or Marquetry.
Marquetry is centuries old. It is the process of creating pictures out of materials such as shell, stone, and wood.
A form of this called Intarsia involved cutting pieces of veneered wood and placing them into solid wood. This method gradually disappeared, around the 14th century, a new technique: tarsia geometrica was developed, this was the first Marquetry panel- covering the entire surface with veneered wood in a decorative way.
Marquetry became popular in France in the 15th century, and before long, marquetry was being called for not just in works of art, furniture, and walls, but on floors. This is where Parquetry flooring has its origins.
Where can you install parquety flooring?
Parquetry can be installed over any flat and level properly prepared substrate, or subfloor. This may include a concrete slab, particleboard, plywood or timber floorboards. Parquetry can be installed over tiles, but it is not recommended.
Parquetry flooring is not a cheap flooring option, due to the materials and work involved. You should think of a Parquetry floor as the Mercedes or BMW of timber flooring, these are floors that are designed to last decades and not fail. They are quality and are expected to cost significant amounts.
Things that are created out of wood require thoughtful attention and planning. Taking some time to design a floor from the ground up that will last you many years, may cost you some amount of money. This will be returned to you in good honest workmanship and longevity of product. When and if you decide to sell your property your floor will add value and desirability to your home.
It has been known to increase the property values instantly by 30 to 40%.
You can look forward to many compliments and conversations about the beauty and desirability of your home when you have a parquetry floor installed. A Parquetry floor will suit just about any fine furniture, kitchen, artwork or space you can think of! We have designs, and colours to match any requirement you may have.
Can a parquet floor add value to my home?
Hardwood floors increase the saleability of a home by 75% according to real estate agents. And 9 out of 10 agents state that homes with hardwood floors will sell for a higher profit.
- National wood flooring association of America
The reasons for this are simple: parquetry flooring is a high en luxurious product, that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, it is a sustainable product that is easy to clean and maintain.
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