History of the Chevron Pattern
Chevron patterns have a wealth of provenance in the design world and the pattern has a lengthy history in many industries including art, textiles and interiors. Although the word ‘chevron’ first appeared in the late 14th century, the use of chevrons in design was seen as early as 1800BC, found on Grecian ceramics, pottery and rock carvings. However, it wasn’t until the 17th century that the pattern made its way into popular culture when demand for parquet flooring gained momentum. Notably, chevron flooring was used for one room within the Palace of Versailles instead of the parquet de Versailles panels that are now so well known, adding an aura of timeless elegance to the pattern.
Chevron wood flooring continued to be a popular choice throughout the 18th and 19th century, most distinctly in Paris during the Haussmann era when much of the city was rebuilt in a large-scale urban planning effort.
The effortless versatility of chevron décor and flooring has paired itself with many design movements throughout history, allowing it to complement a variety of interior styles. The use of different tones and textures lends itself to trends from contemporary bohemian to art deco glamour, making it a welcomed addition to any room.