Herringbone Vs Chevron Parquetry

Parquet flooring is a type of wood flooring that was developed in the early renaissance and it dates back to the mod 16th century. Its design can be recognized by the typical placement of blocks of wood or small strips of wood. These pieces of wood are laid in such a rhythmic manner so that it forms a geometric pattern. The traditional patterns are based on different variations of the V shape. Each of the following mentioned flooring patterns is unique in its own way and should not be confused with each other. The most wonderful thing about this flooring is that these patterns are very popular and attractive even to this date. So if you want to decorate your home with some elegant flooring then you can choose these Chevron Parquetry flooring option.

chevron parquetry

Chevron parquetry

There are different types of parquetry flooring, following are its types

Herringbone Flooring

This flooring pattern is believed to be the ‘oldest parquet pattern’. It was first developed by Italian craftsmen who were hired by the King of France in the year 1539. The blocks of woods are assembled and arranged in the form of right angles to form V shapes. Rectangular blocks or tiles or woods are placed which are intersected in a zigzag manner. This pattern of parquet flooring is extremely popular. Many people even to this date want to follow the herringbone pattern while choosing the flooring patterns of their homes.

The Chevron Parquetry Flooring

This pattern also follows a zigzag manner but the difference between chevron parquet​ and herringbone parquetry is that in chevron parquetry they converge at a sharp point while creating the V shape. In the initial stages of this flooring pattern, ‘small pieces of wooden blocks’ are used. These are pushed and fixed on the tender bitumen surface of the rough and unfinished floors by hand. Currently, you can see both unfinished as well as pre-finished boards for chevron parquetry. These boards are much more solid and are larger than their counterparts were earlier. They are also quite popular even to this date. Many people want to grace their homes with this design. Now even you can also install these flooring in your bathroom becuase they are not get affected by wear and tear. Apart from that, you do not need to spend any additional maintanance cost on these floors and they are durable and provide you better longivity than other floorings.

chevron parquetry

Chevron parquetry

Herringbone Vs Chevron Flooring Patterns

There is always a major confusion between chevron parquetry​ and herringbone parquetry. Often people misinterpret the two designs and call the chevron parquetry as the French herringbone which is not true.

  • The herringbone parquetry is recognized by the ‘broken zigzag designs’ whereas in case of chevron parquetry, it has zigzag designs but they are continuous.

  • In case of the herringbone pattern, the wooden blocks are not cut but the end of the plank is adjoined with the adjoining end of the plank. However, in chevron parquetry, the blocks of wood are cut at a specific angle.

  • In herringbone pattern, the ends of the planks are butted, whereas in the chevron pattern, the blocks are fixed and places in a particular manner so that the ends of these blocks touch each other ‘to form miter joints’

There has been an unending debate between these two patterns of flooring that is the herringbone pattern and the chevron pattern. Each of these designs is characterized by its own uniqueness and it famous for its characteristics. Both these designs are extremely elegant and are the specimen of sheer brilliance and artistry of the craftsmen that dates back to the early 16th century.

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