Havwoods' collection of Versailles panels include both rustic grade panels with a distressed finish for an aged appearance and character grade panels in modern shades ideal for a contemporary setting. The latter are also suitable for use over underfloor heating.
King Louis XIV of France consolidated a system of absolute monarchical rule in France which lasted right up until the French Revolution. He also instigated one of the world's great building projects - the transformation of a relatively simple hunting lodge into the fabulous Palace de Versailles. Wood floors were introduced to replace the marble which required constant washing, thus rotting the wooden joists beneath, and one of the parquet designs introduced still bears its famous name today - Versailles panels.
Now considered a true classic, the Versailles design consists of squares held together by what appears to be an interwoven mesh of wood strips, all within a wood frame. Until recently the majority of Versailles floors were laid using individual solid wood blocks: a time-consuming process. However, now the Versailles pattern is available pre-assembled and pre-finished as engineered panels - quick, easy and inexpensive to fit.