Herringbone Wood Flooring
The herringbone pattern dates back 2,500 years to the Roman empire, when engineers discovered that a crisscrossing structure of interlocking pavers allowed for compression and movement as the traffic flowed along their roads.
It is thought that the first herringbone wood floor was laid by the Italians in the Françoise I Gallery at the Château de Fontainebleu. They have certainly been laying beautiful herringbone wood flooring ever since, and it is the Italians who have dictated the delicate dimensions of our Italian Collection herringbones. These blocks are perfect for creating fine intricate floors including basket weave and heritage, as well as the classical herringbone pattern, and for creating elaborate floors combined with tiles of ceramic, porcelain, glass, or even rubber .
An antiqued finish emphasises herringbone's heritage, so tumbled solid oak blocks are distressed to emulate antiquity, whilst Venetian Lagoon oak is the real thing - an engineered block created from oak from the mooring posts and briccola reclaimed, as the name suggests, from the waterways of Venice.
But in contemporary design large dimensions ensure a modern twist, so many of our herringbone wood flooring blocks are classed as "oversized''. At almost two feet long they are far larger than traditional herringbone blocks; they remain, however, perfectly proportioned to be installed as single or double herringbone, brick pattern, or even tumbling dice if you want something really different.