The advent of wood floors
As of the 16th century, the wealthy bourgeoisie began installing wood floors in their homes. They had air-dried planks laid side by side in their castles and town houses. There still was no knowledge of drying ovens or wood treatment. And ordinary folk? Well, they had to be satisfied with tamped-down earth...
The first parquet floor
The first parquet floors appeared in the Middle Ages. That was the first floor which was processed in different ways.
Hardwood was the most popular type of wood. In those days, parquet was particularly expensive: you only found it in palaces and large town houses.