Parquet is an elegant element in which the grandeur of Nature and the craftsmanship of the artisans meet to create a luxurious décor. From decorative techniques to the use of precious stones such as mother-of-pearl, crystals or Murano glass, each type of parquet is designed to add elegance to the space.
Antique wood flooring
Floors made with precious materials that represent a fragment of history: Venetian Briccole and antique wood (150 years old and more).
Centennial wood recovered from submerged ships, castles or even beams. After cleaning the wood of rust residues, 4 or 5 mm thick boards are selected to be bonded to wooden supports.
Antique parquet has a remarkable solidity due to its long natural seasoning.
Flooring in Venetian Briccole
Briccole are large poles distributed throughout the Venice lagoon that indicate the canals with the depth of navigable water, according to the law of December 8, 1439.
After performing their honorable service of signaling the navigation channels, the Briccole become precious objects of art.
Herringbone and Chevron parquet
The pattern has its roots in Ancient Rome, where it was first adopted for road construction.
One of the earliest applications of the herringbone pattern for wood flooring is considered to be at the Fontainebleau Gallery in France in the early 16th century.
Artistic handcrafted panels embellished with inlays of leather, stone, metals, Murano crystal, resins, or designed with different wood textures.
Modular parquet can be constructed from either solid wood or plywood overlaid with a top noble layer.
The dimensions of the modules, as well as the applied bevels, vary depending on the module design.
Modular parquet is suitable for installation on radiant floors.
A grand masterpiece handmade by inlaid artists and cabinetmakers presents the luxurious combination of wood shades and grain with precious mother-of-pearl decorations, exclusive stones, noble metals.
Solid wood flooring
Solid wood parquet, also called traditional parquet, consists of a single layer of solid wood, and is derived from a single block of the heartwood – the densest part of the tree trunk.
The single layer of noble wood increases the sound and temperature insulation capacity.
Smoked solid wood flooring
Modern wood treatment technologies ensure greater strength, stability and noble aesthetics of dark woods.
The most common processes are fumigation, heat treatment and smoking, to which the wood may be subjected before the final finishing process with chemical or natural covering products (oils, varnishes, waxes, etc.).
Smoking treatment is carried out on wood species with an acid PH, such as cherry or oak. The process involves a 2-3 week autoclave with ammonium salts heated to 60-70 °C, which convert the internal acid in the wood to a darker colour.
The smoking treatment makes the wood darker in color but also more durable.
Recognizing the value of a solid wood, modern technologies offer so-called “engineered boards” – layered boards that have excellent stability even for important dimensional formats.
Engineered boards are available in 2 or 3 layers.
3-layers board structure:
- top layer made of European Oak or other valuable wood species
- middle layer in Spruce or Oak
- lower counterbalance layer in Spruce or Oak
The 3-layers boards are offered in various sizes. Bevels with brushed or planed surface on the 4 sides of the board.
Installation with polyurethane adhesives or, in some cases, floating (without adhesives).
The boards are suitable for installation on heated floors.
2-layers board structure:
- top layer made of European Oak or other wood species
- multilayer compensating base
Custom sizes are available. Bevels with brushed or planed surface on the 4 sides of the board.
Installation with polyurethane adhesives or, in some cases, floating (without adhesives). Boards are suitable for installation on heated floors.
Floating interlocking boards
The interlocking or “click” planks are equipped with special perforated profiles, which allow the planks to be locked together to form a single surface.
This system of connecting the boards allows the parquet to be installed without adhesives.
We recommend this solution for relatively light and not large formats of boards.
Solid wood boards for outdoor terraces, yachts, beach areas, saunas.
Available in Ipe Tabebuja, Burma Teak, thermo-treated Ash – wood species appreciated for their high resistance, elasticity, hardness and aesthetics.
Non-slip finishing available on request.
Installation with fasteners, screws or on joists.
Professional flooring for stadiums.
Fixed and removable systems.
F.I.B.A. certified in the category of wooden floors.
Selection of finishes and decorative woodwork
Color, texture and graininess of samples in the pictures are indicative.
Due to the exceptional nature of the material, we provide individual samples for each order.
Depending on the type of parquet and the specifics of its eventual use, we offer different floor treatments (or their combination):
- UV Varnish
- Balsamic or UV oils
- Natural wax
Characteristics of wood (UNI EN 13489:2018)
Characteristics as healthy sapwood, healthy adherent knots greater than 2 mm in diameter, knots greater than 1 mm in diameter, cracks (bristles), sapwood synclusions, fulminations are not allowed.
Characteristics such as grain deviation without any limitation, slight color variation, parenchymatous rays are allowed.
Biological alteration is not permitted.
Characteristics such as sound sapwood up to 50%, if distributed, sound and intergrown knots less than 5 mm in diameter, knots less than 2 mm in diameter, cracks (bristles) up to 20 mm in length, grain deviation without any limit, colour variations, parenchymatous rays are allowed.
Characteristics as sapwood synclusions, fulminations are not allowed.
Biological alteration is not permitted.
Characteristics such as sound sapwood, sound and intergrown knots, rotten knots, cracks (bristles), cortical synclusions, lightning, grain deviation, colour change, parenchymatous rays are admitted without limits of size or quantity, if they do not compromise the resistance or the quality of the parquet.
Biological alteration is not allowed with the exception of blackening and black holes from insects.
The grain of the wood depends on the type of cut:
- the radial cut is perpendicular to the annual rings, the grain of the boards is predominantly uniform
- the tangential cut is made from the centre of the trunk, the grains of the boards form an accentuated pattern
- cut from the roots and from the lower part of the trunk, these elements are mainly used for inlays
The stability and durability of parquet flooring depends very much on the preparation of the wood. According to international standards, wood humidity should not exceed 9 ± 3%. The optimum value is 7-8%. The key factor in wood preparation is the drying method.
There are two methods of drying wood in the parquet industry: natural drying (seasoning) and forced drying.
Natural drying involves the following steps (terms vary depending on the wood species and region of origin):
- 4 months of exposure of the wood under natural conditions. The humidity of the wood is reduced from 85% to 55%, after which the wood undergoes an antiseptic treatment.
- 3 months of atmospheric drying. The main drying process of natural wood in well ventilated areas. Wood moisture is reduced to 20%.
- 1 month drying in thermal chambers with heat or ultrasound treatment. Wood moisture is reduced to 8%.
- 1 month of exposure for wood adaptation to natural temperature and humidity.
The alternative method is accelerated forced drying: treatment for about 30 days in special chambers, the moisture content of the wood is reduced to 8%.
This method significantly reduces the time and cost of wood preparation.
However, this accelerated treatment and lack of atmospheric drying and adjustment of the wood cause the fibers to intertwine internally and does not eliminate the internal stresses of the planks, resulting in low resistance of the wood to changes in humidity and temperature regimes, and deformation of the parquet (uneven expansion, drying, cracking).