Parquet rose to popularity in the 17th Century in France where people were looking for something a little different. These floors were extremely artistic and completely handcrafted, meaning only the wealthiest could afford them. Today with the introduction of less complex designs and cheaper wood production, it is an affordable and beautiful option for house owners.
Some styles include brick patterns, basket weave and Flanders weave but the most popular and well-known design is herringbone. To create this, rectangular blocks are arranged together in either a diagonal or parallel layout. You may incorporate different colour pieces of wood, or a block colour pattern. The limit is really only your imagination when it comes to parquet flooring.