I’m seeing a continuing shift where clients are still wanting wood floors some texture but not necessarily the hand scraped looks. Wire-brushed floors which seemed to have a false start 5 years ago are now widely accepted.
New wire-brushing techniques have evolved which have a nicer effect on less grainy woods such as hickory and maple but the predominant product being used is European white oak in wide widths.
This product could be found at every booth at the Shanghai Domotex show in March. Every vendor has jumped on this bandwagon so expect the product to be pushed into every retail outlet in the US.