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The art of using wood flooring started in the Neolithic age, approximately 10,000 years ago, when houses, called stilts, had wooden floors. Several millennia later, especially in Sweden and Finland, wood was still the main material for housing construction. Between the 11th and 14th centuries, churches proposed the same style for their floors, which were fixed to underlying beams with iron nails. Moreover, every European noble residence presented incorporated refined manufacturing parquet. Maria Ludovica Vertova, author of “I pavimenti lignei in Europa”, speculates that the word parquet, of French origin, had spread in the seventeenth century, when decorated wooden floors were widely adopted.

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