Full of charm and character, new visuals within the Art Select Wood gluedown LVT range allow flooring retailers and homeowners to bring the beauty of real wood to life in their projects. Designed with hand-carved embosses and distinctive beveled edges, each plank is crafted to enhance the unique grains, knots and textures of the woods that inspired them, some of which are no longer available or are cost-prohibitive in their natural state. New visuals in this collection were developed from Reclaimed Hickory, American Chestnut and European Oaks, with the Reclaimed Hickory designs featuring a new emboss exclusive to Karndean Designflooring.
Developed from boards recovered at a Midwest lumber yard, the stark color contrast of Reclaimed Hickory between the "heartwood" and sapwood is the result of over a century of growth, exposing a beauty only visible with age. These logs were sawn with a wide circular blade, inspiring a new emboss which gives planks a subtle cross-sawn appearance and texture.
Now commercially extinct due to an infestation known as the "chestnut blight," the beauty of this wood lives on in Art Select with American Chestnut. Salvaged from floor joists, granary boards and rafters from east coast barns, the recovered boards feature an array of characterful cracks and worm holes. Hickory is typically left unpolished for an eclectic, rustic appearance, which is replicated by the subtle matte finish on the planks.
French Oak has been long-established as a popular choice for flooring due to its high tannin content, which adds a slow-aged quality to floor boards. The minimal knots and tight grain result from the trees growing tight together, making a subtle tonal floor. A matte, handscraped emboss adds a final layer of elegance to these refined visuals. Inspired by artisan woodworking techniques when floor boards were individually crafted, English Oak embodies old-world charm in a format that won't need refinishing. The handscraped emboss leaves a chiseled effect on the planks, reflecting a time when craftsman finished every board by hand.
In addition to its full 56x9 in. plank, Glacier Oak is available in a corresponding 18x3 in. parquet “accent plank” format, allowing designers to scale the format to different sized spaces. Parquet accent planks are perfect for use in small areas, including bathrooms and entryways, or in adjoining rooms when used alongside the longer planks.
This range has a 30mil wear layer suitable for heavy commercial applications, with a 20-year commercial warranty and lifetime residential warranty.
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