|Parquet Antique Hardwood Flooring
By the mid-19th century, the floors of many large Victorian homes were inlaid with variously colored hardwood arranged in geometrical patterns. This branch of decorative art was known as parquetry. Parquet antique hardwood flooring borders were supplied at a price which was scarcely greater per superficial foot than that paid for a good Brussels carpet. When the parquet hardwood flooring border projected two or three feet from the wall all round, the carpet did not need to be placed into the recesses and corners of the room, but was left square at the sides. This inlaid parquet hardwood flooring appeared more artistic and interesting than plain wood flooring. Featured here are illustrations of designs of parquet hardwood flooring and parquet hardwood flooring borders available in the 1860s.