PARQUET IN EUROPEAN WALNUT
Characteristics, advantages and some suggestions for its maintenance
European walnut flooring – origin of this wood type
The walnut is one of the oldest trees we have news of. It has always been known and cultivated as a fruit tree; since ancient times it has nourished entire populations with its fruits. Its botanical name is Juglans Regia.
The walnut is a majestic tree that can reach a height of 20-25 meters and has a very long life - it can easily live for more than a century. The tree is deciduous (it loses its leaves in autumn) and broad-leaved. The tree trunk is solid and straight, the diameter can be up to one meter. In the first years of life its colour is ash-grey, as time passes by it becomes darker and more wrinkled. A peculiarity of the walnut is that it is a solitary tree, no other plants grow around it. This happens because the trunk, leaves and roots have a substance that is toxic to all other plants.
Characteristics of the European walnut wood
Its colour, which is quite dark, with orange and honey veins, makes it perfect for both modern or classic settings. Since it is a stylish and beautiful wood type, it fits perfectly with the most disparate styles of furniture.
Colour shades are plenty, rich in veins and shades that make it both elegant and particular. European walnut, also known as national walnut, is one of the most used woods to build parquet. A sort of timeless choice for those who prefer sobriety with a touch of fantasy. Its shades, in fact, can reach very different colours.
It is not particularly affected by humidity and changes of temperature – its technical characteristics make it fit for almost any use. Sapwood is whitish while heartwood is brown, striped with darker veins that enforce its beauty. Texture is medium to fine, with varied fibres.
Colour, together with texture, is what has always made up for the success of Walnut parquet.
The beauty of the different colour shades includes all shades of brown and get better with time.
The lighter and darker parts create a pleasant effect among the planks and make it a customized parquet. Walnut wood is very easy to work and it is possible to sand and finish it perfectly.
Advantages of European Walnut
A walnut flooring is the perfect example of a precious wooden flooring. Refined, stylish, rich of charm – it fits with every style of furniture, from classic to modern. Thanks to its beauty and its particular texture, walnut wood is much looked for in luxury furniture – parquet becomes a real character itself, able to give value to any environment. For an elegant and classic setting, so, walnut parquet is the perfect choice. Strong texture, colours and different chromatic shades make it a wood type that can always surprise and fascinate.
Its characteristics of hardness and stability, its ease of processing and its stylish colour make walnut the best wood to make claddings and accessories. These qualities have made it one of the most used wood types. The perfect parquet for all those who love imaginative and never boring claddings, capable of granting character and personality to any environment.
European Walnut floorings – uses of the wood
Its use in the production of floors and furniture has very ancient origins. In fact, it was employed to produce furnishings for kings, princes and nobles. European walnut is recognized among the best parquets, in terms of quality, resistance and ease of processing.
Generally, walnut is easy to process, as well as to be sanded and finished. For this reason, it has always been used both for parquet and for the construction of furnishing elements. Walnut is among the most used woods to make parquet, furniture and furnishing accessories and even furniture, cladding, carved objects, floor lists, ornaments, rifle butts, billiard cues – moreover, it is also the main wood for works of cabinetry. The majestic roots rich in veins are used to produce the well-known briar or walnut briar which is greatly appreciated in cabinet-making to create inserts on classic furniture, caskets and various objects.
Parquet is a solution that always shows its charm, on any occasion. The warmth of parquet is timeless and having it in one or more rooms in one’s own home is always the perfect choice.
Among the most suitable rooms for a wooden flooring, surely the ideal bedroom should have parquet and the essence of walnut appears among the most eligible, thanks to a colour that is never homogeneous and shows particular chromatic veins.
Regarding the installation, a lot depends on the direction and source of light, which should be used so as to enlighten the veins and to avoid creating excessively dark areas of the room. Glued installation has long been the most popular way of proceeding, since it is particularly suitable for pre-finished products - it involves laying a thick layer of glue onto the screed and then fixing the boards upon it.
A valid alternative to glued installation is the floating installation - the boards are simply placed onto the surface and anchored to each other by means of interlocking systems. No type of glue is required for fixing the boards, thus ensuring a more sustainable and affordable installation.
The maintenance of a walnut parquet is very simple. The activity to be performed with a certain frequency is dry cleaning with a mop or with a vacuum cleaner, using the appropriate brush.
In case of accidental spillage of liquids or greasy substances, as well as for a necessary sanitization phase, the use of water, combined with suitable cleaning products, allows to wipe out traces of dirt. It is important to avoid water stagnation on the surface, as this could compromise full efficiency in the long run. Avoid substances such as alcohol, ammonia and solvents which could alter the colour and make it lose its natural brilliancy.