This design was developed for a client who fell in love with a wallpaper pattern, but the company had gone out of business before she had a chance to order the paper. The design is brilliant - a combination of circles, created by the leaves and squares, created by the branches. It is simple, elegant, and delightfully "arts & crafts".
The Esther Brazer Stevens Collection at the Museum of American Folk Art contains many authentic floorcloth patterns traced directly from the floors of historic homes around New England. Perhaps the most prolific house is the Edward Durant House in Newton, MA, c. 1734. The house contained many stenciled floors with some of the most beautiful Early American stencil designs found anywhere.
Occasionally, we get asked to create a design that requires the skills of a decorative painter, rather than those of a stencil artist. In this case, the client was looking for a fruit bowl still life as the centerpiece of her floorcloth.
The process involved taking the pencil sketch provided by the client, creating a pencil sketch of the fruit bowl, and then embellishing upon that for the floorcloth itself.
(Item FB01. This pattern is priced at a rate of $50/SF.)
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 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 pattern is a classic Harlequin design, with an elongated diamond - often used in traditional floorcloth making.
The Hay House is a National Historic Landmark owned by the Georgia Historic Trust. The exterior of the house was completed in 1860 and the furnishing of the interior was complete by about 1870, after the civil war. Known as The Palace of the South, the 18,000 square foot mansion is capped by a cupola 80 feet above the ground that provides sweeping views of the city of Macon. Please visit the Hay House website to learn about this remarkable home and see a virtual tour of parts of its interior.
In 2010, Gracewood Design created a new version of the original floor covering in the dining room, a floorcloth from about 1870. Pieces of this floorcloth had been discovered under built-in bookcases that were being removed as part of a dining room renovation.
The original floorcloth remnant and Gracewood's interpretation are shown here. The original floorcloth was burlap-based, and the design was probably applied either by stamping or some sort of printing/rolling process that deposited a thick, textured application of the heavy oil-based paint products used at the time. The pattern has an 8” repeat, with each red ”cross” and black “star” measuring 8”.
This pattern was originally developed for Portland, OR, clients and is based on both the leaded glass design adorning some of the original windows in their 1907 home and the "bee and dot" fabric used in their kitchen nook upholstery.
This Early American pattern is from the Esther Brazer Stevens Collection at the Museum of American Folk Art. Brazer Stevens recorded authentic stencil patterns, including this one from the Humphries House in Dorchester, MA, c.1800.
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 floorcloth is based on an ornate floral damask design that creates a trellis effect. The border is an organic leaf and berry motif, deliberately given a worn effect, and the corners are hand-painted fruits based on carvings on the buffet in the room where this floorcloth resides.
This lovely all-over floral pattern that is organic in its execution, creating a carpet of blooms, buds, and leaves.
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.