The Herringbone design has a long and distinguished history. It dates back to the Roman Empire and the Egyptians who used it in roads and textiles as a hallmark of quality.
The pattern is allegedly named for its fancied resemblance to the bones of a fish, such as a herring.
This attractive floor is a traditional French design, made up of elegant chevrons forming a continuous zigzag pattern.
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The 17th century, the so-called Age of Louis XIV, was an era of decadence. Louis XIV specified the best of everything for himself and his residences, flooring included.
Louis XIV converted a hunting lodge built by his regal predecessor, Louis XIII, into the spectacular Château de Versailles. The result provided the king with both an extravagant private residence and an awe-inspiring setting for the conduct of state affairs and the reception of foreign dignitaries.
In 1684, an elegant wooden replacement for the marble floors was commissioned. The new floors, of course, had to complement the very grand interiors in which they were to be featured. Various wood floor designs were presented.
After much debate, the classic design now known as parquet de Versailles or Versailles panels
Teak is a tropical hardwood, native
to both Asia and Africa. Valued for its durability and water resistant properties, teak makes an excellent and appropriate choice for kitchens and bathrooms and
is also used for boat building, exterior construction and furniture.
Teak is extremely hard wearing and requires little maintenance. Its integral natural oils make it suitable for exposed locations and highly resistant to decay and pests.
Teak has a subtle grain and varies in natural colouration, from golden to rich russet tones with darker elements.