Wooden Flooring Conquers the UAE
Even in the notoriously humid UAE, wooden flooring is starting to become very popular. While wooden floors have long enjoyed great popularity in countries throughout Europe and in North American and Asia, the Middle East has never been so quite as enamoured, preferring, no doubt due to that humid climate, the cooler feel of ceramic and marble floor coverings. Just ten years ago it was next to impossible to find local suppliers of wood floors, let alone anyone who was an expert at installing them or in wood floor repairs should you need one. Now, however, that situation is changing rapidly, with even small local interior shops featuring a range of wooden flooring options to suit all financial options, from the relatively inexpensive laminates to the highest quality solid timbers.
“I’ve certainly seen the trend increase in the last five years or so,” says Jacquie Mavian, who works at Milroy Interiors in Dubai. “Without a doubt, wood flooring gives a villa or apartment an instantly homier ambience. So many of our clients are now requesting wooden floors, especially in space such as the bedrooms where once they would have wanted carpet.”
There are still some critics of wooden flooring, however, who insist that they are impractical due to the dry and humid climate of the region, but Mavian believes most are overestimated. “Expert installation is also they key,” she reckons. “The wood has to have room to expand and retract and it does require a skilled workman to do this.”