Parquetry Designs

Wood as a natural material has been used in the construction industry for thousands of years. Its constant presence was determined by its availability, physical properties, and the possibility of easy treatment application. In Northern Europe, properties related to the thermal insulation of wood were highly valued.

Due to the natural aesthetics of wood, they were used to finish the interior of buildings. Wood was being used to cover walls, floors, ceilings, furniture was made and woodcarving was used.

Initially, limited processing options meant that the forms of the manufactured products

were very simple, and in the case of floors, these were at first hewn logs and boards. The full development of wooden floors dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries. During this period, they appear first on tiled floors. Framed, simple geometric patterns known from the Palaces of Versailles and Fontainebleau complemented the rich and bold interior architecture of the baroque period. To produce these layered tiled parquets, techniques of precise inlaying and marquetry were used - on a base made of pinewood, carefully cut and glued using noble species of wood, to create rich geometric and plant patterns. 

Patterned wooden floors were used to emphasize and display the wealth of the building owners and complement the already lavish interior design. It's fair to say that for over 300 years, the function of parquet floors has remained unchanged. This centuries-old achievement inspired the creation of the Parquetry Designs parquet collection in two versions: parquet tiles and parquet wood blocks for professional installation. Our artisans-artists have been using the same techniques since the 1950s, following the traditional methods of old masters, creating unique designs to the requirements of their desire. Our parquet floors are all made by hand, without the use of CNC machinery, which makes them unique and inimitable. This is what distinguishes our products from other mass-produced floors on an industrial level with the use of, among others, CNC machine tools. We are also characterized by a very innovative approach, being up-to-date with the changing trends in construction or design. In response to the high demand for wood flooring that can be installed with underfloor heating (UFH), we introduced parquet patterns made out of patented solid wood.

We are fully prepared to implement individual, original tile parquet, border, and rosette projects. Already at the stage of selecting the raw material, i.e. wood species or the size of the elements, we adapt to the requirements and expectations of our customers. When creating the individual components, we inspect the selected material in terms of color consistency and wood grain.

We also offer renovation and reconstruction of historic parquet floors, i.e maintaining the original character with the use of techniques of traditional experts. Our services are not limited to the production and delivery of floors. The installation process we arrange individually, taking into account the customers’ and designs’ requirements so that the whole process can run smoothly and finish with a gorgeous looking floor.

The most commonly used thicknesses of solid parquet sheets vary between 16 mm and 22 mm, and in the case of layered floors, the thickness of the use layer is 6 mm, with the possibility of substituting it with another thickness. The same thickness of 6 mm has the inlay elements that are engraved into the wood. This allows for effortless sanding of such floors several times, which in turn allows the floor to fully retain its aesthetic and functional qualities for over 100 years. The wood moisture content of 8-9%, preferred in our parquet, may change if the climatic conditions in the building would require it.

Our products are made of native European species, e.g. oak, ash, sycamore, elm, as well as certified exotic species: Iroko, Mahogany, Ebony American Walnut etc. As a standard, specialized waterproof birch plywood is used as a base layer in layered parquet panes.

In our solid tiled parquet, all the components of the tiles are joined together by means of loose or own tongues. Tile parquets are laid on a cement or anhydrite layer and are installed with a two-component polyurethane adhesive or one-component flexible adhesives - the so-called hybrid type MS or STP. During installation, all the floor elements, i.e parquet sheets, borders, and rosettes are connected to each other with loose tongues. In the basic version, the parquet is delivered raw, without any surface finishing, which is made at the construction site by the floor fitter during assembly. It is possible to structure, color, and protect the surface with oil and wax products, also at the production stage. In this case, individual parquet sheets, borders, and rosettes will have microfiber on the perimeter.


FAQ

PARQUETRY DESIGNS is a collection of wooden floors inspired by historic inlaid parquet which we produce by hand with the utmost care.

Our tile floors are of the highest quality as every step goes through a strict inspection. It is worth mentioning that both solid wood and laminate parquet in this collection can be used on underfloor heating - please inform us about such a demand before ordering.

The price is in accordance with the manual work and the high quality of the material and also depends on the design.

Each of our floors comes with a guarantee. You will find more official information in our product specifications which we send you before payment. in a section :  Warranty Conditions & Quality

Yes, we offer installation; however, such a service is only linked to a large order and these aspects are agreed on an individual basis.

Maintenance and care of the floor depends on the type of oil or varnish finish. We start with simple vacuum cleaning, the frequency of that depends on how quickly the floor gets soiled. For the rest of the data, we invite you to read the technical conditions that are included in the IMGW dans la section CONDITIONS D'UTILISATION DU PARQUET qui est livrée avant la transaction.