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New Zealand Home & Building, October-November 1985

From Foliage to Flooring

From Foliage to Flooring

Wooden floors are a tradition that goes back in this country to the earliest housing and New Zealand is endowed with some of the finest timber trees in the world. Much of the timber flooring in old housing is well worth preserving. The warm, natural look of natural t & g floor partly overlaid with a beautiful rug is hard to beat.

Other timber products retain the warm, glowing patina of wood. Cork is one of them, or particle board and currently fashionable as an alternative floor covering are other 'tree products' such as coir and seagrass matting. Linoleum is also made up of natural vegetation — ground cork and linseed oil. However, there are few linoleums available today as they have been largely replaced by vinyls.