In 1973, Karndean started life as a small family business. Now they are one of the world's most renowned and respected luxury flooring companies. To this day they remain family owned - allowing them to stay true to their roots and utterly focused on customers.
Karndean has certainly come a very long way, and as they've grown they've always stuck to their core values. Their passion is for developing imaginative, innovative products - versatile, luxury vinyl flooring with the look of simply beautiful, natural floors.
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KARNDEAN VS HARDWOOD
KARNDEAN VS STONE AND CERAMIC
KARNDEAN VS CARPET
KARNDEAN VS LAMINATE AND ENGINEERED WOOD
The Woodpecker way. Woodpecker is a family-run business with a heritage in the timber industry that goes back three generations. The company was founded by Bruce Ker in 1975. He was a skilled craftsman who loved teaching people how to work with wood. His son Nelson carried on the tradition, focusing the business on woodworking machinery. In 2003, Nelson Ker took that huge reserve of woodworking and mechanical experience, and applied it to manufacturing high quality flooring. Understanding the different tree species, honing the grading process, and using centuries old techniques to expertly finish every floor – these are all skills Woodpecker has worked hard to perfect over the years.
NATURALLY INSPIRED FLOORING
Timeless, elegant, unique. Nothing gives a space that warm, comfortable feeling quite like natural wood flooring. It’s something that can remind you of time spent outdoors admiring a woodland scene, or a barefoot walk among the trees with their scent on the air and soft foliage under your feet. At Woodpecker, we love the sense of being close to nature that wood flooring brings to the home.
SUSTAINABLE AND BEAUTIFUL
Nothing proves our love for wood floors more than how we source our wood. We select the trees we use before they are felled, paying close attention to how they’re sawn, stacked and dried. Looking after nature is as important to us as it is to you. As a result, we only bring you sustainably harvested wood with full FSC® and PEFC certifications.
Woodpecker freshly sawn wood is air dried for over twelve months. Then we kiln it twice, to bring out any residual moisture. These careful processes ensure that maximum stability is achieved in every example of Woodpecker oak flooring.
AN EXCITING FINISH
We love inspecting the grain patterns, colour variations and knots as we choose which wood will best suit the different finishes of our wood flooring types. The natural aspects of timber are what make our different types of wood flooring unique and exciting, and we grade and machine each board to an exacting standard that makes the most of these features.
Woodpecker’s outstanding finishing aims to augment the natural feel. We continue to use a range of traditional hand-finishing techniques that have been perfected over several centuries. Lacquering, oiling and antiquing the wood, our craftsmen give it the attention it deserves, achieving that special finish.