This pattern from The Stencil Library has intrigued us for a while. The all-over design with the elegantly angled leaves, sweet flower heads, and berries forming a series of diamonds creates a lovely field.
This pattern is a German interlocking circle design with a somewhat Victorian feel and lots of nice detailing. Depending on the palette used, the overall effect can be that of a field of color, or a more distinct pattern of interlocking circles. This pattern has been explored in many different colorways.
This pattern is based on original linoleum found in a bathroom of the Hindry House in Pasadena, c1910. The Hindry House is an exceptional example of the work of master architects Arthur and Alfred Heineman, who were influential in the development of the Craftsman style in California, and across the country.
The linoleum pattern was found in many catalogs of the era, although this pattern differs from all available records in that the motifs are spaced at seven diamonds apart, vs. the standard of four, and three colors are used in the pattern, vs. two.
We did several takes on the pattern for the three bathrooms in this authentically restored house on the National Register of Historic Places.
Interlocking circle patterns are found in historical artifacts from the 7th century BC onwards – one of the most enduring decorative forms found in almost all cultures throughout history. This pattern was found on a painted floor in the Isaac Buck House in Hanover, Massachusetts, c1800, and is a wonderful example of a timeless version of interlocking circles.
This pattern is based on a series of classic European stencils from the early 1900s designed for ceilings. Great ceiling designs are often great rug designs. The scrolling pattern and floral motifs are lovely and the set includes a center medallion, corners, and side stencils all incorporating the same decorative elements.