THE FOREWARD

DEDICATED TO WOOD: THE STORY OF SILVAN

Silvan source and make outstanding hardwood floors.
We bring together the timeless elegance and unique qualities of wood with the best of British craftsmanship.


Every member of the Silvan team appreciates the time and attention required to draw out the natural beauty of the wood and the skill and workmanship required to create a handcrafted floor to suit the needs of modern design.
Our starting point is always our client, with their vision creating the inspiration for the careful selection of the wood, its skilled preparation and the beauty and character of the finished floor.
Clients include leading international designers and architects. Silvan floors can be found in some of the world’s finest private residences, museums and galleries, hotels, retail and corporate buildings.
CHAPTER N°01

THE FORESTS

Forests are places of mystery, folklore and legend – and home to majestic trees that hold a thousand tales. The Silvan story starts in the forests of Britain and Northern France.

All the trees we use are hundreds of years old. The history we are priveleged to discover in working with them is a humbling reminder that these magnificent species have stood through so much.

FOREST OF FONTAINEBLEAU
FONTAINEBLEAU, SEINE-ET-MARNE, FRANCE
61,770 ACRES
DOMINANT SPECIES: OAK, PINE, BEECH

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
ONE OF THE LARGEST FORESTS IN FRANCE
ALSO FAMOUS FOR ITS LARGE BOULDERS

FOREST OF COMPIÈGNE
COMPIÈGNE, OISE, FRANCE
35,620 ACRES
DOMINANT SPECIES: OAK, BEECH

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
ARMISTICE WITH GERMANY (WWI)
ARMISTICE WITH FRANCE (WWII)

48°25 00 N 2°40 00 E
49°22 48 N 2°53 00 E
CHAPTER N°02

THE CHOICE

Choosing the correct timber for your floor is a key consideration at the beginning of the process. Such is the precision of our service that, should you wish to know later on, we can tell you exactly where the wood comes from.

As you would expect from people so immersed in the natural world, environmental concerns are vitally important to us, and you have the reassurance that all our wood is sustainably sourced.

FOREST OF COMPIÈGNE
COMPIÈGNE, OISE, FRANCE
35,620 ACRES
DOMINANT SPECIES: OAK, BEECH

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
ARMISTICE WITH GERMANY (WWI)
ARMISTICE WITH FRANCE (WWII)

THURLASTON SAW MILL
THURLASTON, LEICESTERSHIRE
4.5 ACRES


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
OUR MILL HAS BEEN A SAWMILL FOR OVER 60 YEARS

49°22 48 N 2°53 00 E
52°35 20 N -1°15 17 E
CHAPTER N°03

THE MILL

Our mill has been a sawmill for over 60 years set on the out skirts of the village of Thurlaston in Leicestershire.

It has provided employment for local millers for decades and this is still the case today. All our skilled team live and work within a 2 mile radius of the sawmill itself.

THURLASTON SAW MILL
THURLASTON, LEICESTERSHIRE
4.5 ACRES

THURLASTON SAW MILL
THURLASTON, LEICESTERSHIRE
4.5 ACRES

52°35 20 N -1°15 17 E
52°35 20 N -1°15 17 E
CHAPTER N°04

THE CRAFTSMEN

We are one of very few flooring companies with a UK based sawmill. Here on our 4.5 acre site, the wood comes straight from the forests to be cut, dried, graded and hand finished, all by our own highly skilled specialist team.

We believe in combining the best of modern techniques with practices that have stood the test of time. Whilst this may take a little more time, you can rest assured your finished floor will have beauty and quality that can only be achieved by this personal attention to detail.

THURLASTON SAW MILL
THURLASTON, LEICESTERSHIRE
4.5 ACRES

THURLASTON SAW MILL
THURLASTON, LEICESTERSHIRE
4.5 ACRES

52°35 20 N -1°15 17 E
52°35 20 N -1°15 17 E
CHAPTER N°05

THE FINISHING TOUCHES

Silvan strive for perfection on each and every one of its productions.

At each process the human eye is watching over the floor in terms of quality and to date we still feel this is the best way to ensure the floor meets the client exacting standards.

THURLASTON SAW MILL
THURLASTON, LEICESTERSHIRE
4.5 ACRES

THURLASTON SAW MILL
THURLASTON, LEICESTERSHIRE
4.5 ACRES

52°35 20 N -1°15 17 E
52°35 20 N -1°15 17 E
CHAPTER N°06

THE FLOORS

All our floors are handmade from the finest grades of timber that is avalible and are all FSC and PEFC certified.

We use only Vanneer grade logs. These perfect trees are all old growth and yield perfect grain structure and perfect colour. This all goes to make for a floor of the finest quality and character.

GROSVENOR CRESCENT
BELGRAVIA, LONDON

LOTUS VIP AREA
PARIS

51°30 5 N -0°9 14 E
52°33 32 N 1°10 53 E