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Chevron parquet is a classic French design which has been used for many years in Parisian apartments. While installing a complex pattern like this used to be affordable only in luxury homes, it is now more widespread in use with machinery which can process the design making it more affordable.
The Chevron pattern is also called "Point de Hongrie". It got this name from a type of embroidery stitch popular in the 16th century. No one really knows why the stitch was called after Hungary, as it is usually thought to be Italian, but it could be because of the 13th-century Saint Elisabeth of Hungary.
Hungarian point is made up of various planks of the same dimensions, end cut at a 45-60 degree angle. The thickness is usually 22mm or 14mm. Tongue and groove assembly is generally used for parquets nailed onto backing strips.
The combinations of wood with other materials common in the 17th century, and the motifs employed became extremely complex, ranging from the simplest Chevron pattern, called point de Hongrie, to panels of elaborate geometric marquetry bordered and outlined with inlaid fillets of contrasting colour, and to coloured pictures in inlaid woods.
By using smaller pieces of wood he produced pictures in far greater detail than the earlier ebenistes, and by heating the surface and by engraving it he attained a much more varied effect.