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Considering the other answers I checked with the client and they have confirmed that in this case they wish to explain that the strips of parquet are laid longitudinally and not diagonally. The fact that the term can also mean in free lengths is good to know. Thank you all for your input.
I have experience with marble, but not wood. I feel there is a strong chance that expressions on flooring in these natural materials could be similar:
References (on natural stone): http://www.findstone.com/beauty.htm
Free lengths : i.e. lengths varying randomly while width is
constant are also very attractive. Choose the widths as per
the expected floor area. Buy random lengths and cut at your
site to fit.
I think both Tom and I are right in the end:
Hilary has given us feedback from the customer: Longitudinally rather than diagonally. OK, that explains the "dritto" bit, but "a correre" is still "in free lengths", ie. in the trade, customers can accept material in fixed widths but also in "free lengths" ie to exploit the length of raw material to be worked, cutting from slabs, blocks, etc. Typically this means getting (marble) flooring in fixed width of, say 30cm, with variable (free) lengths of say min. 30cm upwards, which the installers will then lay. "A correre" is a recognised commercial term and if you sign an order or refer to a printed price list, that is what you have agreed to accept.
Graham Reynolds Italy Local time: 12:26 Works in field Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 10