Face Nailed Parquetry Floor Borders
Circa 1885-1920, Brooklyn, NY

This site is for face-nailed floors, sometimes called top-nailed. You see the nails. Parquetry is wood cut into geometrical design, sometimes called inlaid floors. They are ornate and decorative. The floors were traditionally 5/16" thick. The best years were 1890-1915.

Contents to Sections Below:

Old Catalogs and Other Publications

Collection of Pictures

Feature Strips:

Two Strips
thumbnail of Two Strips
Three Strips
thumbnail of Three Strips
Multi Strips
thumbnail of Multi Strips
Strips with Cross Banding
thumbnail of Strips and Cross Banding

Corner Knots:

Single Loop
thumbnail of single loop knotted corner
Most Common
thumbnail of basic knotted corner
thumbnail of flipped knotted corner
Bands Cross Over the Other
thumbnail of Bands Cross Over the Otherd corner

Meanders (Greek Keys/Frets):

Square Wave
thumbnail of Square Wave Meanders
Linked Boxes
thumbnail of Linked Boxes Meanders
Common "L"
thumbnail of Common L Meander
thumbnail of T Meander

Two Line Meanders:

thumbnail of Left Two Line Left Meander
thumbnail of Right Two Line Right Meander
thumbnail of Embellished Two Line Right Meander

Single Folded Flattened Ribbon:

Zig-Zag Fold: Helix
Horizontal Ribbon Flattened thumbnail
Zig-Zag Fold: Alternate Folds
Horizontal Ribbon Zig-Zag thumbnail
Folded From Side-to-Side
Folded From Side-to-Side thumbnail

Two Folded Flattened Ribbons:

Two Folded Diagonal Ribbons thumbnail
Right Angles
Two Folded Right Angles Ribbons thumbnail

Single Folded Open Ribbon:

Zig-Zag Fold: 90°
Zig-Zag Fold 90° thumbnail
Zig-Zag Fold: 30°/120°
Zig-Zag Fold 30°/120° thumbnail
Receding Fold
Receding Fold thumbnail
Triangle Fold
Triangle Fold thumbnail
Square Fold
Square Fold thumbnail

Ribbon Around a Pipe:

Square (Meander) Ribbon
Square Ribbon around Pipe thumbnail
Horizontal Ribbon
Horiz. Ribbon around Pipe thumbnail
Vertical Ribbon
Vertical Ribbon around Pipe thumbnail
"S" Ribbon
S Ribbon around Pipe thumbnail

Two Twisted 90° Ribbons (No Gaps):

Corner #1
Tight Weave: 90° Corner #1 thumbnail
Corner #2
Tight Weave: 90° Corner #2 thumbnail
Corner #3
Tight Weave: 90° Corner #3 thumbnail
Corner #4
Tight Weave: 90° Corner #4 thumbnail

Two Twisted 90° Ribbons (Gaps):

Ribbons have Gap Intersect thumbnail
Ribbons have Gap Overlap thumbnail
Alternating Overlap
Alternating Ribbons thumbnail
Tight Weave 30°/120° thumbnail

Two Twisted 30°/120° Ribbons:

Tight Weave
Tight Weave thumbnail
Ribbons have Gap
Ribbons have Gap thumbnail

Two Twisted Uneven Spacing:

Simple Crossover
Two Twisted Simple Crossover thumbnail
Crosses Over: Gaps
Two Twisted Crosses Over: Gaps thumbnail
Rhombus Crossover
Two Twisted Rhombus Crossover thumbnail
Fancy Crossover
Two Twisted Fancy Crossover thumbnail

Three Ribbons:

Three Ribbons: 30°/120°
Three Ribbons tight weave thumbnail
Three Ribbons: 90°
Three Ribbons gaps thumbnail

Four Ribbons:

X Crossovers
Four Ribbons X Crossovers thumbnail
Rhombus Crossover
Four Ribbons Rhombus Crossover thumbnail
Box Crossover
Four Ribbons Box Crossover thumbnail


Chains Geometric thumbnail
Repeated Weaves thumbnail
Repeated Flowers thumbnail
Repeated Diamonds thumbnail
Folded Into Shapes
Folded into Circles thumbnail

Linked Chains:

Chains: Diagonal
Chains Diagonal thumbnail
Chains: Right Angles
Chains Straight thumbnail

Putting A Floor Down


Floor Border Suppliers

Wood Flooring Board Suppliers


Wood Finish

Website Development

Seeing Floors

Neighborhood Maps

Finding House Years

  1. Landmark Designation Reports: If the house is in a landmark district, the year and more information are usually available in the district's report. You need the district name. There is a unified map with all individual and district landmarks: Discover NYC Landmarks. Click on a district and there is a link to the designation report, with text recognition done on the old ones. Before I found that page, I put the reports and maps conveniently on my own page: Selected Brooklyn Landmarks Designation Reports and Maps. The city's site is Designation Reports (but it doesn't always find valid addresses within the district).
  2. Department of Buildings: Newer houses will have the build date in the DOB's Building Information System. Easiest is get it from StreetEasy. DOB does provide years for all houses. 1899 is used for all houses before 1900. For 1900 to 1930 the years are near guesses. After this they are good.
  3. Researching Year from NYC Property Records:


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