The Rich History of Chevron Wood Flooring
The use of the chevron pattern dates back at least to the Bronze Age when it was used in ancient pottery designs and in rock carvings in Crete. The design, along with the herringbone patterns, was used on Roman roads to make them hold up longer.
Chevron patterned flooring was first recorded in 16th century Europe. The concept was noted to resemble two roof beams and was, therefore, called “chevron”, an abstract offshoot of the Latin word “caprio” which means “rafters”.
The flooring design caught on quick due to its aesthetics, superior function, and because the chevron pattern itself symbolizes nobility and rank. It was wildly popular during the 17th and 18th centuries but in the carpet frenzy of the 1980s, it began to diminish. Today, chevron patterned parquet wood flooring is experiencing a reemergence as carpets and vinyl coverings are being peeled back to reveal beautiful chevron patterns beneath. New chevron wood floorings are being laid in record numbers as well. It is becoming clear that chevron flooring is a timeless pattern that will never go out of style.