Cork Flooring – A Great “New” Idea That is Older Than You Might Think

November 9, 2010

You may have been hearing recently that cork flooring is the new trend in eco friendly flooring. That cork flooring is enjoying a boost in the average residential home right now is certainly true the use of cork to create spectacular flooring is hardly new.

The idea of using cork for flooring in the Western world dates back to the early 1900s. Although immediately put into use in libraries and hospitals because of its sound absorption properties it only gained a wider audience when legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright began to use cork flooring in some of his high profile installations in the 1930s.

One of the first places Lloyd Wright decided to use cork flooring was in the famous “Falling Water” house in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania. The home still attracts thousands of visitors today as it remains, over seventy years after it was completed, one of the best examples of organic architecture in the world.

The home was built for the Kaufmann family but was donated to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in the 1960s by Edward Kaufmann Jr, as he was concerned that the home, including its innovative cork floors, never be allowed to fall into disrepair.

Since Lloyd – Wright first used cork flooring it has increasingly gained a reputation as a versatile and beautiful flooring choice that is indeed very suited to use in the average home.

Today’s cork flooring is every bit as stunning as that found at Falling Waters and far more affordable. It is a testament to the durability of cork flooring though that the cork flooring installations at Falling Water remain as beautiful today as they ever were, even after the passage of decades and the procession of thousands of tourist’s feet across them.

Learn more about Falling Water here

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One Response to Cork Flooring – A Great “New” Idea That is Older Than You Might Think

  1. Lisa on November 22, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Wow that’s really neat! So cork flooring is not only eco friendly but can we say it lasts for years & years?

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