A little bit of a history lesson. PARQUET – The word derives from the Old French parchet (the diminutive of parc), literally meaning “a small enclosed space“. Large diagonal squares known as parquet de Versailles were introduced in 1684 as parquet de menuiserie (“woodwork parquet”) to replace the marble flooring that required constant washing, which tended to rot the joists beneath the floors. Such parquets en lozange were noted by the Swedish architect Daniel Cronström at Versailles and at the Grand Trianon in 1693. http://www.reclaimed.uk.com/wood-products/parquet-gallery/parquet-panels.html
Installations with reclaimed timbers, demonstrates that timber used years ago for one project can be reused, generations later in different ways. For instance, French oak railway carriage sides, once processed provide a character filled floor with an unbeatable patina of age and life scars. Sun bleached American barn boarding with over 100 years of weathering is a popular choice for textured wall cladding with its unique silver confirmation of age.
Upcycling, recycling and reclaiming previously used building materials by Interior designers and creative homeowners has been going on for some time. A current trend that gives a new lease of life to both the material and the setting into which it is inserted is wall cladding, this sits well with sustainable living values. Timber clad walls can be used in numerous ways in the modern rustic interior, bringing with it an aesthetic of nature indoors. Cladding a wall, or 2 walls or the ceiling or a cupboard front can drastically alter the way a room looks and feels. http://www.reclaimed.uk.com/wood-products/wood-wall-cladding.html