Basketweave should be more widely used than it is. Simple in design,
it is an extremely elegant and well mannered parquet floor, which
presents a fine backdrop for your rugs, furniture and decorations
without competing for attention. It is a particularly attractive
and useful pattern in rooms of irregular shape, as a pattern which
can be continued easily into small spaces such as landings and in
spaces where a pattern with a strong directional image is not wanted.
The proportions of the design adapt well to rooms on the grand scale
of large country houses as well as to modest cottages. The design
has a heritage which fits it to many historic environments back
as far as Tudor times as well as to contemporary minimalist.
The photograph to the right is a basketweave design in European
Oak fitted on the diagonal. The Oak is Quarter Sawn with a high
proportion of medullary ray , showing flashes of light across the
grain, and giving the floor a rich contrast in colour. These battens
are 75mm wide, 10mm thick.