Herringbone is perhaps the most traditional pattern in the UK. If
this is what you are looking for, you can go straight to a page full
of herringbone styles by clicking here.
You can see many patterns by going to our pages of
Parquet Panel Designs, which may be executed in a single timber
or in mildly or strongly contrasting timbers. Herringbone battens
are square ended. Chevron battens are cut at an angle between 30 and
45 degrees. Herringbone is called 'fischgraat' in northern Europe
and 'parquet d'anglais' in France. Chevron, which we think of as a
French pattern is there called 'pointe de Hongrie', which suggests
the French pinched the idea from the Hungarians, who probably pinched
it from the Persians, who invented everything.
This is a detail of the simple border around a herringbone floor,
which nicely demonstrates how well thought through design enhances
the look of a room and diminishes the impact of awkward or unsightly
features. It is the first step in decorating plain parquets. Many
more styles of borders may
be used to enhance a simple or complex design,
Wenge, chiefly from Zaire, is frequently used for a near black
contrast timber. This border 'frames' the floor nicely and is used
to reduce the visual impact of the many minor interruptions in the
line of the walls, such as the support pillars, and radiator grille.
This heating vent was an essential but unsightly object in the formerly
carpeted room. Creating the dark line around it has neatened it
and integrated it into the design of the new floor.
The variety of designs are limited solely by the breadth of human
imagination. However, there are a few classics which have stood the
test of time and remained firm favourites. Created for the Sun King,
Louis XIV, and used throughout the Palace of Versailles, the Versailles
pattern has been adopted as an icon of elegance in costly homes and
palaces throughout the world.
To the right is a photograph of the original in the Hall of Mirrors
at Versailles. Photographs
of our own floors can be seen on another page.
Decorative Geometric Parquet
This is a decorative geometric parquet in the home of a stylish
Architect, Richard Holden,
who works principally in the Wimbledon, London area, but also carries
out projects further afield.
The background is of natural European oak, cut quatier/ faux
quatier and the pattern is executed in natural oak, natural
brown oak, walnut and wenge detail.
The parquet is laid over underfloor heating.
The pattern can be seen in a different context and scale by clicking