Muse Collection

The Muse Collection is based on patterns that inspire us.  We have used wallpaper, fabrics, ceilings, rugs, and other sources of patterns that we have turned into stencils as well as ready-made designs from stencil companies.

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 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!

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.

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. 

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.     

This lovely all-over floral pattern that is organic in its execution, creating a carpet of blooms, buds, and leaves.

This floorcloth is based on a pattern from The Stencil Library, a venerable stencil source based in the UK.  The pattern forms a lattice of roses. 

This pattern is from The Stencil Library, a great source for a wide variety of stencils in varying styles.  We choose this one for its arts & crafts bent and look forward to trying it with different placements of the tiles and assorted palettes.

This floorcloth is in our inventory and available for immediate shipment.

This pattern from The Stencil Library has intrigued us for a while.  The all-over design with the elegantly angled leaves, sweet flower heads, and berries forming a series of diamonds creates a lovely field.

This is an intricate, delicate, all-over floral pattern from The Stencil Library.  It is smaller in scale than most floorcloth patterns and creates an interesting field from a distance with the lovely floral execution becoming apparent as you get closer to the pattern.    

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. 

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 floorcloth is based on another terrific stencil from The Stencil Library.  Is it Arts & Crafts or does it have more of a 70s vibe?  It is somehow both organic and stylized simultaneously.   The undulating vines, the leaves, the berries...simple, yet complex.  For us, at least, it is an enigma.

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 $55/SF.)

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".  

This design for this floorcloth is based on a 5" x 7" watercolor provided by an interior designer.  The lovely, little watercolor depicts an abstract sky.  

Rufus Porter (1792-1884] was an artist, musician, teacher, inventor, and founder of Scientific American magazine. Porter began his artistic life as a decorative painter. He moved on to portraits and later began painting the murals that made him famous. He painted what he knew — landscapes depicting the farms around Bridgton, Maine, his childhood home, and seaport scenes of Portland, Maine, where he lived and studied as a young man.  His style is very recognizable.