Naked Floors Parquet combines the best features of modern engineered hardwood parquet with quality, character and uniqueness of small-scale artisan production methods.

Engineered wood flooring is vastly superior to solid wood flooring in a structural sense. It’s stronger and a lot less prone to expansion and contraction with changes of temperature and humidity.

But unlike mass produced parquet that typically ships pre-packed in cardboard boxes, no two blocks that leave our Sussex workshop are ever the same.

That’s because we produce every consignment to order and finish every block by hand.

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Our standard parquet range is 21mm thick, with a 15mm layer of premium birch plywood, topped by a 6mm hardwood wear layer.

However, we can provide thinner profiles to special order.

In terms of colour and size, if you can’t find what you’re looking for on this website please get in touch. We only show a small selection of our range here.

We can create many sizes and 1500 colours. That includes any of the colours you see in our other non-parquet ranges, in both Chevron and Herringbone parquet patterns. 

We can colour match to samples or photograph if needs be.

Please Note: Chevron parquet is also known as Hungarian Point Parquet.

Repro Antique Reclaimed Parquet Blocks

You can also opt for a truly authentic, antique look without the quality issues of reclaimed blocks, or limitations on colour or availability. 

Naked Floors reproduction reclaimed finishes are  indistinguishable from antique parquet blocks once laid. 

For the authentic antique look, we hand distress the blocks to any intensity you require.

And unlike salvaged parquet blocks there are no limits on availability 

We ship UK and Europe wide.

Interested in the history of parquet flooring?

Chevron Parquet Flooring - 'Montmartre' Engineered

Chevron Parquet Flooring - 'Montmartre' Engineered

Exquisite by design, Distressed Chevron Parquet Floors

Engineered, Parisian Style Silvery Grey Designer Chevron Parquet Blocks....

londinium noir medieval chevron parquet

londinium noir medieval chevron parquet

Londinium Noir Medieval Chevron Parquet.

Black, Aged and Distressed Chevron Parquet Flooring

Narrow Oak Floorboards

Narrow Oak Floorboards

Prime grade engineered oak, unfinished narrow floorboards which have been tumbled and surface distressed to give an old, worn feel.

'Repro Reclaimed French Parquet Chevron'

'Repro Reclaimed French Parquet Chevron'

Repro,' Reclaimed French Parquet Chevron. Parquet Flooring in a Chevron Pattern Design, Hand Crafted within our UK wood floor workshop.

'Matmata Desert Storm Chevron Parquet Flooring'

'Matmata Desert Storm Chevron Parquet Flooring'

Matmata Desert Storm Engineered Chevron Parquet Flooring. Suitable for projects with or without Undefloor Heating.

 

'Shabby Chic' Ocean Spray Chevron Parquet Floor

'Shabby Chic' Ocean Spray Chevron Parquet Floor

Shabby Chic Ocean Spray Chevron Parquet Wood Floors.

'Sol Crayeux Anglais Chevron Parquet' Engineered Parquet Floors

'Sol Crayeux Anglais Chevron Parquet' Engineered Parquet Floors

Repro' Antique Chevron Parquet Floors. Parisian Style designer Engineered Chevron Parquet Floors...

History of Parquet Flooring

The Royal French court of Louis XIV, “The Sun King", is widely considered to be the birthplace of parquet flooring.

Soon after Louis moved his court to the Palace of Versailles, maintenance issues led him to replace marble floors there with wood in 1684.

This was the height of the Baroque period, a time when architects and designers were preoccupied with geometry and symmetry.

In keeping with the geometric splendour of Versailles, the replacement floors were made up of large self contained diagonal square wooden mosaic panels or compartments. Each panel comprised an elaborate geometric lattice.

Early Chevron and Herringbone

Modern Herringbone and Chevron parquetry began finding its way into upmarket European and North American buildings from around 1870.

The uniform size and shape of chevron and herringbone blocks was far cry from the ornate multicoloured inlaid panels introduced to Versailles 200 years earlier.

These new blocks were a product of the second industrial revolution. A time when new mechanised saw mills with precision cutting technology made it possible to quickly turn offcuts and less usable pieces into a valuable new byproduct.

Elegant looks aside, Parquet was an ingenious and very practical solution to an age old problem: how to insulate and alleviate the harshness of cold stone floors.

Their small blocks separated by many joints allowed freedom for the floor to expand and contract with temperature and humidity changes in a way that floorboards could not.

Rather than warping like floorboards, expansion and contraction of a parquet floor would typically result in a few  blocks coming loose and requiring re-gluing from time to time.

During its first lease of life, Parquet flooring was popular up until the  1930s, when new technology made mass production of wall-to-wall tufted carpets possible for the first time.

Modern Parquet 

Modern parquet blocks are different again from those used between 1870 and the 1930s. 

These days most modern parquet blocks are made from engineered wood, rather than solid blocks.

Premium quality engineered wood flooring is usually 16mm - 21mm thick. 

It comprises two layers, a base layer of high quality ply bonded to a top layer called the 'wear layer’ of hardwood above the tongue and groove (T&G) of the blocks.

Engineered flooring is superior to solid hardwood flooring in that it’s much more stable and resistant to changes in temperature and humidity.

Anyone familiar with solid parquet flooring will know how the blocks often come loose and require re-gluing. This is typically caused by expansion and contraction of the blocks with humidity and temperature changes.

This problem is far less common with engineered parquet.

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