Floorcloths :: Early American Historic Designs
This collection depicts stencil patterns from floors and walls of Historic homes Circa 1740-1840 from New England area - Cutler House, May House, Edward Durant House, Kilburn House, Bump Tavern, Way Side Inn to name a few. The floorcloths are identified by the name of the house where the pattern originated. We have designed and reproduced historic floorcloths based on the work of master artists like Moses Eaton.
Stencils from Historic Homes
Stenciling is an art form found in Early American home décor. Today, it is back. It's symbolism is prevalent in various motifs. The swag and pendant, known as the liberty bell was a patriotic emblem of post-Revolutionary America. Of those derived from nature, the flower baskets represented friendship; the oak leaf - strength and loyalty; the willow - everlasting life; the pineapple -hospitality and heart represents love and happiness.
History of Floorcloths
The painted canvas rugs also known as floorcloths or oylcloth were in wide use during most of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The floorcloth was initially viewed as an affordable alternative to the grander woven carpets of the wealthy, or as an imitation of marble, tile, and inlaid parquet, but came to be valued for its own sake. The arrival of linoleum flooring in the US slowed the interest in hand made floorcloths and by the early 1920s they were virtually gone.