Parquet refers to a type of hardwood flooring that is created by taking very small slats of wood, and arranging them in distinct, repeating patterns. The wooden pieces are generally formed into tiles of varying shapes, and then installed in such a way that the individual pieces all contribute to a greater, concerted pattern that stretches across the entire floor.
Parquet tiles are generally bonded to a mesh backing of paper, cloth, or plastic, and stitched with a thin metal or plastic skeleton. The material is most often Oak, but you will sometimes find it available in Walnut. More exotic wood parquet floor tiles are also available but will be quite expensive.
Unfinished Parquet: Is in its natural state when installed. With unfinished parquet tiles you get to choose the color of any stains or finishing treatments that will be applied, giving you a wealth of decorative options.
Finished Parquet: These tiles are stained and are finished with an aluminum oxide polyurethane at the factory. Because this is done industrially, the finish used can be significantly more durable. It also cuts down on the hassle and mess of applying a finish on site.