PARQUET IN WENGÈ
Characteristics, advantages and some suggestions for its maintenance
Wenge flooring – origin of this wood type
The wenge tree, whose botanic name is Millettia Laurentii, comes from the African tropical forests of the Congo Basin and Mozambique. Its height can reach 25 m and its diameter can exceed one meter.
This tree is not easily cultivated in other habitats that do not have a tropical climate with high humidity.
The tree from which the wenge wood comes is none other than an oak. Like all oaks, wenge wood is extremely hard and resistant, even to cutting operations.
There is a remarkable difference between sapwood and heartwood - the sapwood is clear tending to yellow with a width of up to 3 centimetres, the heartwood has a dark brown colour with a medium-thin grain and black streaks tending to purplish, while the presence of minerals in the structure produces yellowish veins.
Characteristics of the Wenge wood
Wenge is one of the most widely used essences for the construction of parquet; it is suitable for classic, rustic and modern environments.
Its characteristics of hardness and compactness make this wood one of the most resistant, its dark colours allow you to obtain pieces for ancient and modern decorations.
It has a dark brown colour, with medium grain and streaks tending to black and purple. This difference in colour is given by the different shades and sizes of the sapwood and heartwood. In fact, while the first can reach a width of about 3 centimetres and an almost white colour, the second can go from golden brown to dark brown with black veins. Any yellowish veins are due to the presence of minerals in the wood structure.
Wenge wood is not very sensitive to seasoning and it can withstand humidity; in fact, it does not undergo a consistent shrinkage and it maintains its structure well over time.
Due to its fibrous structure, wenge looks like a double-sided medal - in fact, if on the one hand it is not particularly easy to work, on the other, precisely because of this characteristic, it is suitable for the production of parquet, even those particularly exposed to traffic.
Wenge wood is very heavy, with little shrinkage, extremely resistant to mechanical pressure and traction.
Thanks to these characteristics, wenge shows remarkable durability qualities. Given its hardness, however, this wood can easily chip along the grain.
Recently, wenge has been widely used not only in the production of parquet and wooden floors, but also in the creation of modern furniture and furnishings.
Advantages of Wenge
In addition to its several positive mechanical qualities, wenge is particularly appreciated from an aesthetic point of view, thanks to its several colour shades; it can mix with any type of environment, from classic to modern.
A Wenge flooring is a perfect choice both for its particular resistance and for its peculiar beauty and versatility.
The particularly dark colour of Wenge parquet is just one of the many reasons to use it in our homes. This parquet also has characteristics such as hardness and resistance to foot traffic, humidity and wear.
The black tone of this wood from the lands of Africa gives an intense and expressive character to the parquet. Thanks to the warm nuances, it is able to combine in equal measure with both ethnic and particular design solutions, as well as with more contemporary and minimalist spaces.
Wenge’s beauty is enhanced when it is exposed to light. In wide boards, the grain and colour shades anc change from one plank to another.
Wenge is a compact wood with remarkable hardness; it makes an incredibly decorative, elegant, precious and refined parquet, with a strong and lively character.
It is very heavy and extremely resistant to wear.
Wenge floorings – uses of the wood
Recently, due to its excellent relationship between quality, price and performance, wenge is becoming one of the trendiest woods than ever, even in luxury spaces or in public places such as restaurants, pubs and hotels, but also for furnishings of private homes.
Thanks to its particular characteristics of resistance, compactness and hardness and its structural and aesthetic characteristics, this wood type is used both as solid wood and veneer in the most different fields: parquet, fine carpentry, doors, windows, modern and luxury furniture, or even stairs, accessories and furnishing accessories, such as skirting boards, frames, shelves, musical instruments, bathroom furniture, kitchen furniture, sports equipment, modern structures where wenge is combined with aluminium.
Wenge parquet stands out if placed together with light walls – here it can emerge in all its beauty between the furniture and the clarity of the perimeter.
The favourite colours for the walls of a wenge-paved environment are the natural ones, such as beige, light grey or classic white, even if this parquet can be appreciated in combination with brighter colours
In any case, the rooms where there is a wenge parquet, whether rustic or elegant, will bestow that particular feeling of warmth and comfort, typical of a dark parquet.
Another important factor to consider and which can affect the choice of wood for the parquet, is the need of not being excessively exposed to sun and light. In this respect, wenge parquet responds in an optimal way, so much so that it is one of the favourite wood types for outdoor areas.
Being a versatile wood, it is suitable for various environments and rooms, thanks to its resistance to humidity. Not afraid of water, the choice for using it in bathrooms should not be neglected, especially when the size of the room is considerable.
The dark colour of wenge is perhaps its most interesting feature, but as such, it tends to attract dust and footprints, which can be easily removed with normal cleaning.
For ordinary cleaning, it is recommended to use a well-wrung mop, with warm water and a proper cleanser, taking care to remove footprints and halos. It is better to follow the direction of the grain while using the mop.
When necessary, a more accurate intervention can be carried out, in order to keep the parquet in excellent condition for longer, as well as to ensure an always sanitized environment.
Furthermore, by passing a leather cloth over the surface, the parquet will always be as shiny as the first day.