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 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 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 is the first Dresser pattern we worked with, clearly seeing how it could be adapted to stencils and how great it would be for a floorcloth design. We loved the original Dresser palette and the first piece we made with the pattern, a rather complicated U-Shaped design, employed this colorway. Several additional colorways have been explored as have different shapes, all working beautifully in this versatile design.