Parquet floors and old floors
Based in Villeneuve-d'Ascq and passionate about old parquet floors, Rémy Motte invites you to dive back into history to discover an exciting universe. Call on his know-how as an antique dealer and specialist in woodwork to obtain more information on parquet floors and old solid wood floors.
Old parquet floors
Very common in the 18th century, herringbone or Hungarian point parquet floors gave way to herringbone parquet floors in the 19th century.
Old parquet floors from the 18th century
Discover the different names of the most common parquet panels at that time:
- Sweet whipped cream
- Saint Fargeau
The characteristics of old parquet floors
These panels were generally made of oak and more rarely of walnut or a mixture of the two species. Parquet floors with geometric patterns or marquetry were installed in prestigious residences. The Italian parquet floors in marquetry used fruit woods (walnut, cherry, cherry, maple, sycamore, lime) before being mounted on a softwood core.
Old solid floors
Different woods made up the old wide plank floors :
- Oak (most common, up to about 30cm wide)
- Elm (large widths up to 50 cm)
The unit of measurement for the thickness of ancient floors was the inch. The boards were 27 mm (rough sawn) then 22 to 24 mm once planed by hand. Currently, a thickness of 20 mm is generally found due to the mechanical planing of both sides.