This pattern is based on two different wallpaper designs from the Robert Graves Co. Wallpaper Company, c. 1880s. The interior motifs with their whimsical circles of leaves and berries are from Bolling & Company's remarkable wallpaper archive. The border pattern is based on a depiction of a ceiling border in a Graves wallpaper catalog. The two patterns combine beautifully to create stunning floorcloths.
This design is based on a ceiling pattern in the 1889 Robert Graves Co. Wallpaper Catalog. Ceiling patterns are often great rug patterns as they are non-directional and have solved the “corner problem”. Often when adapting designs from other sources, how the design turns a 90-degree angle was not figured out as it did not need to be. With ceiling designs, it has and often the corners are the most elaborate part of the design, as in this case. This is one of the loveliest ceiling patterns we have come across.
This is a rare pure geometric pattern from Christopher Dresser. It is another design that just begs to be used as a floorcloth pattern. We more or less retained the original palette for our first effort on this one because the Dresser palette is just so good. We look forward to exploring many palettes with this great design.