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Some prefer the raw texture of hand-scraped hardwood floors, while others want the modern look (and low costs) of laminate wood flooring. These patterned wooden planks provide artistic relief somewhere in between – an honest contemporary take on classic material and installation approaches.

This decorative flooring series from Mafi provides a fresh take on manufactured floors, etching designs that range from abstract floral patterns to playfully embossed stick figures.

The pre-engraved slats are shallow enough not to collect dirt and dust (at least in theory), but deep enough to be felt underfoot by socked or bare feet – each features a darker ‘burned’ look or a consistent surface treatment where variation is seen only by reflection, light and shadow.

Engineered flooring responds to temperature and humidity issues, but tends to feel a bit fake underfoot – it may look like the real deal, but to those in the know is really just a discounted alternative.