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Victorian Parquet Flooring

The Victorians loved elaborate patterns, on fabric, wallpaper, carpet, tile, or in wood flooring. This parquet floor, constructed of hundreds of individual pieces of three different hardwoods, dates to the 1880s. By the late 19th century, such floors could be ordered pre-cut from millwork catalogs. Some, called “wood carpets” were shipped preassembled on canvas backing.

This example is located in the front hall of the Smith House, one of the 13 featured houses presented between the how-to chapters of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” Flooring in historic houses is covered in detail in Chapter 14.

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors including the classic “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester. Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!

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