The effect of this pattern when repeated is to create a series of connected diamonds, with flowers at their points or the pattern can be read such that the flowers are in the center of the diamond pattern, depending on how the palette is employed. We have explored several different custom floorcloth shapes and sizes with this pattern and look forward to additional palette exploration.
This design is based on a wallpaper pattern, c. 1886, from the A.W.P.M.A. (American Wallpaper Manufacturer’s Association) and attributed to M.H. Birge and Sons, the premier American wallpaper manufacturer of the time. This paper is in Bolling & Company’s portfolio, the largest collection of antique American wallpaper in private hands. AGD’s co-owner, Gwen Jones, is also a co-owner of Bolling & Company and intends to mine their archives for other suitable patterns to adapt for floorcloths. This one was top of the list!
This poppy pattern is taken from Plate XXXVII in Christopher Dresser's "Studies in Design", c. 1875. The description of the plate is "Sheet of powerdings, adapted for wall-ornaments." Well, off to the dictionary to learn that powderings are (in this context) "Decoration by means of numerous small figures, usually the same figure often repeated." We originally turned this motif into a stencil for a wall ornament for a client's kitchen.