UNLIKE OTHER SURFACES, A WOOD FLOOR IS A WARM, LIVING THING, EACH ONE AS UNIQUE AS THE TREE IT CAME FROM. IT HAS A CHARACTER ALL ITS OWN — EXPRESSED IN THE FINGERPRINT OF THE GRAIN, ITS PARTICULAR LUSTER, ITS TEXTURE, ITS AGE, AND PATINA… IN ITS VERY IMPERFECTIONS.
Some of the world's finest oak is sourced from sustainable forests in the French heartland—A third of the land encompasses lush forests, yielding premium grade solid oak. Considered one of the most valuable species of oak, this tighter grained hardwood is also used to make wine barrels. The earthy coloring of our French oak is not a result of the shallow application of stains, but a far deeper process. The distinct light to dark brown tones are enhanced naturally through a thermal pressure treatment, undergoing a pH-modified water bath that triggers a natural reaction between the iron and wood tannins, just like that found in real bogs. This process increases durability, while preventing our wood from fading — even when exposed to UV light over time.