19th Century Carpathian Oak Chevron Parquet Flooring For Sale
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19th Century Carpathian Oak Chevron Parquet Flooring

Estimated Production Time5-6 weeks


Chevron cut parquet flooring made from reclaimed 19th century Oak, sourced from the Carpathian Mountains in the Northern Balkans. The antique Oak is sourced from disused agricultural buildings and beams all over the rural region. Chevron parquet, otherwise known as Point de Hongrie, is named after a form of embroidery that came into fashion in the mid 16th century. Though it is not clear why the stitch was named for Hungary, as it is most commonly associated with Italy, It may well have been named for the 13th-century Saint Elisabeth of Hungary. The style was and remains immensely popular as an expression of refined good taste across Europe where its use in the Queen's Guard Room at Versailles has sealed its fame. The style was widely employed during the Hausmann rebuilding of Paris towards the end of the 19th Century. Many of the new apartments of that period feature the chevron pattern underfoot. Price shown is per square metre. There is a lead time of 6 weeks on getting the timber to a shipper. Individual pieces are 10.1cm (4") wide, 2.2cm (0¾") thick, and 68.6cm (27") long Reclaimed wood flooring – installation guidelines A reclaimed wood floor is an asset for any property. Installed correctly and finished sympathetically, it will enhance the appearance and provide a durable and functional feature to last as long as the property stands. Any short cuts made throughout the installation process – from purchase of the floor to the final coat of finish – will affect the finished article in both longevity and durability, as well as lessening the intrinsic beauty that reclaimed wood floors provide. Traditional and antique wood floors have always been installed in a thorough and methodical fashion and as such they remain serviceable for centuries. Modern construction techniques and lack of skilled tradesmen, coupled with an insatiable thirst for ease of use and speed of completion, have directly threatened the correct procedures required to achieve faultless reclaimed solid wood installation. Sub-floors and climatic conditions for Reclaimed Wood Flooring Moisture content and acclimatization of timber To service a centrally heated environment, reclaimed and new solid wood floors will need to contain a moisture content of between 8% and 12% (an average of 10%), no more, no less. Timber should be acclimatized in a sealed, dry and, if necessary, heated site prior to installation. Timber should either be laid out or placed with sticks in between (to aid circulation of air) away from any direct sunlight or windows for this introductory period prior to installation. This should be for no less than 7 days. Sub-floors - Suspended Reclaimed timber flooring will need to be installed to a securely fastened, level and dry subfloor without contamination. The moisture content of the sub-floor will need to be in equilibrium with the timber flooring it is going to receive. Plywood sub-flooring or joists will need to be checked for both structural integrity and moisture content prior to the arrival of timber flooring. Plywood will need to be a minimum of 18 mm in thickness and of WBP grade. Chipboard is not suitable for mechanical fixings and should only be provided for floors that are to be fixed to the sub-floor with a flexible wood flooring adhesive. Sub-floors - Solid All concrete sub-floors will need to be fully dried and sealed with a minimum of 2 coats of a compatible liquid Damp Proof Membrane (DPM). A solid concrete floor is dry from the moment it reads 65% or less relative humidity across its entire area. If a self-levelling latex top coat is required to smooth the surface then this will need 1 day per millimetre of drying time prior to application of a liquid DPM. Adhesives used for the flooring will need to be compatible with the liquid DPM. Installation of solid wood flooring - Mechanical fixing Nail-down installation is the most straightforward installation method but is only advisable if you have a wooden sub-floor. This installation method is typically performed by a professional as it requires certain skills and a level of knowledge on the process as well as the use of specialist tools. When installing over Plywood or composite board, the direction chosen to lay the planks does not matter; however, if the new flooring is nailed down over existing floorboards, the new planks must be installed at a 90° angle to the originals. This is done to ensure stability and to avoid the risk of excessive movement, buckling or warping. Installation of the solid wood flooring should start at one end of the room and then a ½ inch gap should be left around the entire perimeter to allow for expansion. For tongue and groove floors, fitters should nail a soft wood batten in place as the centre line and carefully select several of the straightest boards. They should then place the boards against the batten and nail through the tongue, predrilling and nailing at a 45° angle with a manual or pneumatic floor-nailer. The floor nail or cleat used should be ring-shanked or jagged and no less than 2.5 times the thickness of the boards. They should be set into each floor joist or batten 16 inches apart. Boards must have a minimum of two nails each. No two connecting boards should end on the same line so the installer should alter lengths, staggering the joints at least 6 inches apart. Often the last row will not fit a full strip of flooring and should be cut so the installer is able to hand nail the last row, leaving enough space for a ½ inch expansion gap between the wall and the wood. Installation of solid wood flooring – Adhere to sub-floor Glue-down installation requires the use of an adhesive or bonding agent applied directly onto the sub-floor, and can be used with both concrete and wooden sub-floors. Some of these adhesives are designed with under floor heating in mind and can be used for both solid and engineered floors. Laying over a concrete sub-floor will first require a two-part epoxy liquid DPM to ensure no damp rises into the new floor. The glue-down installation method can provide an extremely stable floor when done properly, although it will require a slightly longer overall installation period. As with other installation methods, the installers should leave an expansion gap around the perimeter and follow the same laying pattern. This method can be used for wide planks although it is more commonly used with parquet flooring. Floating floor installations The floating method of installation will require pre-laying an underlay in order to provide a cushion between the floor and the sub-floor. On ground and basement levels or above concrete sub-floors the underlay should combine a built in DPM. An acoustic option underlay should be used in multi occupant buildings to provide sound reduction between floors. The floating method will only lend itself to engineered boards; although these must be narrow boards, wide engineered planks are not recommended to be used for this method. Once the underlay has been fitted, the installers should start laying the planks from one end of the room and leave a ½ inch gap around the entire perimeter to allow for expansion. Nails are not used; the boards either connect using a click system or the tongue and grooves are glued together. The only downside to floating floors is that they are more likely to “creak” and the PVA glue that is commonly used can break down over the years, meaning the joints weaken. Sanding and finishing of Reclaimed Wood Flooring Gone are the days of systematically sanding the life and soul out of wood floors. Their patina and character is evidence of a bygone era and is individual to each and every floor salvaged from its previous dwelling. The color in the original surface is unique and is impossible to replicate to any degree of authenticity whether using pigments or hand distressing. The sanding and finishing should be assessed individually with each batch of reclaimed wood flooring. A sympathetic approach should be adopted with buffing, scraping or hand-held machine sanding with fine grit sandpapers to achieve the correct degree of restoration. Finishes should be selected based on the amount of footfall expected on the floor, regularity of maintenance and desired hue and sheen.


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  • Production Time
    It will take 5-6 weeks to make this piece
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  • Condition Details
    Timber supplied in as-is condition as a building material requiring careful laying, finishing and maintenance. This is a well worn and historic material, salvaged from ancient buildings with all the attendant structural and aesthetic implications.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 39.38 in. x W 39.38 in. x D 0.87 in.H 100 cm x W 100 cm x D 2.2 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
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