“All-over” patterns have fairly closely spaced motifs that are evenly distributed. This is a lovely example of that, with the large flowers having an elegant curve to the stems and a directional orientation that might give a striped effect, except for the perfect placement and bi-directional nature of the other floral and leaf elements. The overall effect is both timeless and non-directional. This pattern is particularly adaptable for custom floorcloths.
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 stems. It is simple, elegant, and delightfully "arts & crafts".
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.
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.
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.