The History of Parquet Flooring

Parquet flooring is the perfect way for hardwood floors to stand out. This type of pattern consists of a geometric mosaic of wood. This hardwood floor pattern has an interesting history, which could make any homeowner consider it for their home!


This popular flooring pattern was first developed in 1625 by the French in order to replace marble floors. This was because marble floors required supportive joints, and it usually ended up rotting.

Since these floors required a great amount of attention to detail, they were only available for the wealthy and royal families. Then, parquet floors started to develop in the 1700’s across Europe in estates. This is where the term “parquet” was first formed. It was a way to say “little forest”, since it is solid wood and recalled the woods that were around the Versailles and other European mansions.

Around the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, factories started to produce hardwood floors. From here, the European parquet floors spread to American homes. Though other methods such as a “wood carpet” was made to save on cost and mimic the parquet floors, this option was never as durable as the original.

Interested in learning more about parquet floors or having them in your home? Signature Hardwood Floors would be happy to help. Contact our flooring experts for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today!

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