The Cicerone Collection is made by balancing a thick top layer of solid sawn French Oak over a base of solid wood substrate. By using solid lumber as the core product for balance, the finished product becomes one of the most stable engineered hardwood products on the market. Due to a special aging process of wire brushing, hand scraping and distressing each individual board provides a unique appearance. This process creates a truly authentic distressed style.This product features a breathtaking dark fumed /smoked French Oak displaying the same color throughout the entire top layer. The natural color enhances the wear-ability of the wood by camouflaging any deep scratches which may occur from use.Not for the faint-hearted – the effect of the Cicerone Noir is dramatic and bold making it ideal as a statement feature. The benefit of this wood is that it is one of the only dark woods which will not show scratches easily due to the carbonizing and oiled process. Imagine opening your door to this rich, luxurious flooring which is both practical and attractively sleek.