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From The Studio: The Art Of Parquetry

Parquetry is the art of creating intricate patterns from carved wood furniture and flooring. The form originated in 17th century France and was quickly adopted in the finest palaces and stately residences in the land. Easily identifiable thanks to its rhythmic angular and geometric design, parquet flooring remains an elegant style enjoyed by many. We take a look at various styles we’ve created for projects.

Parquet de Versailles

Parquet de Versailles is a more complex pattern, that is notes in history for replacing the marble floors in the Palace of Versailles in 1684. Here we used it effectively for an equally regal residence in a country estate in the Channel islands.


Chevron parquetry works well in both traditional and contemporary interiors. It remains one of the most popular and simple forms of the art. Dark wood flooring in a chevron was laid in the dining space of a Kensington residence we designed the interior for. The tightly woven, narrow, dark wood beams perfectly marry rich contemporary finishes with the underlying classical architecture of the property.


Herringbone flooring is what parquet started out as. Herringbone patterns can be installed at different angles to create different feel in the interior. In this unmodernised Georgian property, the herringbone flooring still remains and needs little work to restore to it’s full glory. Such original features are gifts to interior designers.