These exquisite geometric timber patterned panels, known as 'Parquet de Versailles', were introduced in 1684 as an alternative to traditional marble flooring that required constant maintenance,
Also known as the French pattern, Versailles timber parquetry is no longer purely a display of opulence for the wealthy. It's now an affordable and highly aesthetic addition to any residential or commercial interior.
Versailles timber flooring panels are a type of parquetry, which typically consist of precisely-cut geometric blocks crafted together to form a modular tile-like pattern. It is widely acknowledged that this elegant, old-world flooring design has its roots in the French palace of Versailles.
‘Parquet de Versailles’, which is a style of timber flooring, should not be confused with the Versailles tile pattern, which is typically made of travertine, and traditionally used in exteriors.
Originally just a humble hunting lodge outside of Paris, the palace of Versailles became a symbol of unparalleled opulence by the time of the French Revolution in the 18th century.
Louis XIII used the residence as an escape from the Parisian bustle, but his son Louis XIV had a much grander vision for the estate. In 1682, he began transforming the lodge into an opulent palace. He moved the French government and court to Versailles, which then became the focal point for French politics until the dawn of the French Revolution in 1789.
One of the most recognisable features of the palace include the vast parquet timber floors, laid down in ballrooms, parlours and halls.
The French pattern can offer a range of benefits to your design concept, including:
Havwoods has been a supplier of the highest quality engineered and reclaimed timber products for over 40 years:
Ready to create a space with the opulence, grandeur and spectacle of the French royalty? We invite you to a Havwoods showroom in these Australian cities to view your favourite floor in person:
Alternatively you can order a free sample of our products online, which will be delivered to any Australian address.
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