The 17th century, the so-called Age of Louis XIV, was an era of decadence. During Louis’s reign, French culture came to exercise a universal appeal – which is precisely what the great royal absolutist intended when he specified the best of everything for himself and his residences, flooring included…..
The constant washing of the marble floors within the Palace of Versailles rotted the joists beneath. Accordingly, in 1684, an elegant wooden replacement for the marble floors was commissioned. Various wood floor designs were presented, and after much debate, the classic design now known as Parquet de Versailles or Versailles panels was chosen. Louis XIV ushered in a demand for patterned parquet floors that is as strong today as it was in 1684.
Panelled parquet floors are of course the epitome of grand flooring. Both Herringbone and Chevron parquet block currently remain at the forefront.
Understand what differentiates an Element7 engineered parquet floor from others.