The highly characteristic, long-living oak is amongst the most valuable of domestic timbers. The timeless classic stands for robustness – the wood of this dependable tree is durable, hard, firm and elastic all in one. This makes it the perfect wood for a wide range of additional colour treatments, because it works with all furniture styles and is perfect for use with underfloor heating, oak remains the wood of choice for most people selecting a parquet floor.
Origin: primarily Austria, Hungary and Croatia
The beech is Austria‘s most common deciduous tree, and often affectionately referred to as the “mother of the forest” as a result. The hard, durable wood, with its fine, discreet growth pattern, is easy to steam bend, after which it retains its new shape. The diverse range of styles to which beech lends itself, from rustic to elegant, make it the wood most used in parquet after oak. Beech wood is distinctive for its light yellow to pinky-brown colouring.
Origin: Austria, Hungary and Slovakia
One of the most valuable and sought-after timbers, walnut has been viewed for centuries now as one of the most precious wood species for the production not just of parquet flooring and furniture, but also of musical instruments. Thanks to its colouring, which ranges from matt to blackish-brown, and its marking, this attractive wood gives any room it graces a particularly luxurious ambience. Its varied appearance makes it the ideal choice for those wishing to create effective contrasts.
Origin: Central and Eastern Europe, USA
The wood of the perennial acacia has a wide range of different uses: it is one of the heaviest and hardest domestic wood species, and has a high level of resistance. One special characteristic of acacia wood is its resistance to weathering, while it is also highly stable and flexible. Visually, the acacia’s distinct structuring and warm, reddish-brown colouring, which is brought out by means of a steam process, is highly pleasing.
Thanks to the high quality of its wood, the ash is one of the most precious deciduous woods, and together with beech and oak, one of the most important timbers in Central Europe. The expressive, distinctively structured wood, with its pronounced annual rings, is harder, tougher and more flexible than that of many other trees. For that reason, ash wood is most popular amongst those with the highest requirements when it comes to toughness and flexibility. Thanks to its special marking with a brown core, the ash is often known as the ‘core ash’.
Origin: Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Ukraine
Canadian maple is both harder and more distinctive in its graining than the mountain maple. The sugar maple, as this wood is also known due to the famous maple sugar which can be produced from the sap of the tree, is one of the most valuable of the maple species. With its eyed texture and the warm appearance of its wood, the Canadian maple is popular amongst those wishing to combine it with other woods, and has a wide range of uses compared to other light wood species due to its hardness.
Origin: Canada and North Eastern USA
With its simple, evenly structured precious hardwood and glossy, whitish-yellow colouring, the mountain maple is one of the lightest of its kind to be found in Austria. Thanks to its fine pores, this wood has an especially ‘clean’ effect, one reason it is so popular amongst the producers of kitchen utensils and children’s toys. The light colouring of the mountain maple gives living spaces a lightness which makes everything around it appear especially bright and cheerful.
Origin: Austria and Slovakia
Cherry continues to be a classic in the furniture world, and was the most popular wood of the Biedermeier and art nouveau era. Again and again, this refined precious wood motivated designers of the time to create elegant, beautifully shaped – and of course, comfortable – furniture. Its reddish-gold brown colour gives any room a warm, comfortable radiance. The lively, natural graining makes it particularly decorative, and the perfect wood to use in contrast with white or darker woods.
Origin:primarily Austria and Croatia
The stone pine is one of the few domestic wood species which, as well as its striking graining (numerous dark-brown knots), has an unmistakable scented aroma which hangs strongly in the air. The essential oils contained in pinewood have been proven to have a positive effect on our health and wellbeing. According to a survey by Joanneum Research Austria, pinewood reduces the heart rate and promotes regeneration in the body. Stone Pine also has a positive influence on our sensitivity to weather conditions.In addition to this; pinewood has a high antibacterial effect, and even serves as an effective protection against insects thanks to the special substances contained in it. As a result, the stone pine is primarily used in bedrooms and wellness areas.
Origin: selected mountain regions in Austria