History of Parquet Flooring
If you have a parquet floor in your apartment, it was likely installed in the 1960s. But the style dates back much further. True parquet floors were first developed in the 17th century in France and were used in castles, public buildings, mansions, and palaces. The name itself comes from the French word “parquetry”, translated to mean “a small compartment”.
In the 18th century, parquetry flooring became very popular in houses of aristocrats in St. Petersburg and cities in Latvia. Due to the extensive process of hand-piecing together the floor, it was a sign of wealth and power. Some well-known buildings that still boast parquet floors today include The Palace of Versailles in France, The Chinese Palace in St Petersburg, and The Walnut Study in the Menshikov Palace in St Petersburg.
The style faded from the mainstream public for years, then returned in a redefined way in the 1960s when parquet tiles became all the rage. Made with thin hardwood veneers, the tiles were an affordable replication of an expensive flooring style.