The introduction of design of different colors, stains and types of wood, as well as placement and various board lengths started in the 1600’s. This type of flooring was introduced to the world in the Netherlands. We all have witnessed the beauty of intricate inlaid patterns. Our appreciation for these fine wood floors should be directed to Dutch craftsman for their beautiful patterns and creations. These design concepts were slowly adopted throughout Europe over time. Many Tudor and Neapolitan structures found throughout Europe and America take the function of the wood floor and turned it into masterpieces of art.
The standardization of board size was the result from the industrial revolution and advent of the sawmill. With first the harnessing of waterpower and later electric, sawmills progressed continually in types of blades and rigging that made mass production of consistent board quality what it has become today. Ironically, the rough-hewn look is now very popular amongst many of today’s modern homeowners.