“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 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.
Another visionary Dresser design. This one has a decidedly deco form and creates a marvelous tiled effect, with many layers that allow for multiple opportunities for palette exploration. The combination of elements results in stars, squares, rays of light, wings, and fleur de lis.
This pattern masterfully integrates Greek Key, geometric floral and stylized Fleur de Lis motifs into a compelling design. It is rare to have a Greek Key element that is not part of a border design, or, occasionally, an all-over design. This one treats the Greek Key as an individual motif.
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.
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!