A parquet floor is made up of many small shapes of wood, fit together like a puzzle or mosaic, to form a design. Inlay is a decorative technique of inserting pieces of wood or marble with contrasting colors. Parquets or inlays are harmonized together to create “one-of -a-kind” unique patterns.  Parquets and inlays are like the older artistic sibling of hardwood flooring.

Parquetry comes from the French, parquet de menuiserie (woodwork parquet).  At first, these floors were in the ballrooms of the French aristocrats, today swatches of parquet can be found in less affluent settings, from as small as an entry or hallway. The “rebirth” of parquet during the last 15 years is expressed in geometrical and angular patterns – squares, triangles and diamonds. Yet, in spite of the intricacies of parquet, the exquisite surface  is real life practical and durable.

Any specie of wood can be used in parquet  to create a flooring pattern. Popular species are Walnut, Oak, Maple, Santos Mahogany and Cherry,  alternating the grain and the natural color to create depth. Classic parquet patterns include herringbone, basket weave, chevron, Versailles Chantilly, fontainbleau, ladders, trinity, sunburst, trelliswork and brick style flooring. Parquets use an assortment of geometric shapes to create  repeating  pattern which may incorporate exquisite inlay.

Inlay’s curved and natural shapes  introduce floral, interlocking circles,  musical instruments for your music room or any other theme. There are no limits. Since there is very little wood integrated into the design, exotic and rare species are used such as Cocobolo, Ebony, Purpleheart, Bacote, Bubinga and Burls. One of the prettiest panels I’ve seen is a pineapple rendered in figured Lacewood and quilted Maple.

The design and proportion is up to you and your imagination. Leave the manufacturing to Heppner Hardwoods, we will hand craft your floor in our Azusa, CA factory. Your investment  will provide enduring warmth and beauty for many years to come.