Carlisle is the epic wide plank floor company and we bring iconic interiors to life by creating the widest, longest, center-cut floors available in the world. Our clients want a custom floor that makes a statement, and our SlowCraft™ approach creates a visually arresting floor that is unmistakably Carlisle.
Crafting legendary works of art
At some point in everyone’s life, there comes a time to demand the absolute best there is. And, when it comes to flooring, that means demanding a Carlisle wide plank floor.
From the intrinsic beauty in the remarkably dense grain pattern of heartwood from carefully selected old-growth trees to the artisan craftsmanship that shapes and refines each board, every Carlisle Wide Plank Floor is truly a work of art. It’s a masterpiece of perfection that will enhance your home for a lifetime … literally.
Explore the extraordinary story behind the world’s best floors and see why nobody compares to Carlisle in creating legendary works of art for exceptional homes … like yours.
A solid history … our roots go back over 400 years
When the first colonists arrived in New England in the 1600’s, they found large, virgin forests of huge, mature trees. Naturally, they cut down the biggest trees for timber to build their homes. Of course, home building was a lot different back then.
The early settlers built homes to last a lifetime. Generally, their first house was also their last house. And because they didn’t have the time to constantly repair and replace warped, cracked or excessively worn boards, floors had to be especially tough to stand up to heavy use by the large, busy families of the era.
It didn’t take long for these early New Englanders to realize that the long, wide planks cut from the heart of the big, old-growth trees had a denser grain pattern and less moisture than the outer sapwood. This made heartwood far less likely to splinter or warp. Plus, the strength imparted by the tight grain pattern gave it the durability to last practically forever.
Over the years, however, the lessons of making wide plank floors primarily out of heartwood were lost in the frenzy of growing demand. In the quest to build more homes cheaper and faster, it became acceptable to use younger and younger trees with very little heartwood. Less developed trees led to shorter, narrower planks.
Fortunately, some ideas are just too good to die. Carlisle rediscovered this lost art of making wide plank floors primarily from heartwood over 40 years ago. Since then, we’ve built a legendary reputation by taking a solid lesson from the past to create extraordinary floors with a long, beautiful future.