Colorful floor covering!
"He trots the Air"--24"x 36"--Custom
Easy to clean!
"The Murray Horses"--24"x36"--Custom order
Boyz n the Herd #1--24" x 36"--Custom
Airdale and Foxhound--24" x 36"--Custom
Floorcloths from Whistle Stop Studio are hand-painted on heavy prepared canvas and sealed with 8 coats of Mixwax Polycrylic. This makes a durable, waterproof and stain resistant surface. Latex rubber is then painted on the back to help prevent slipping.
Throughout time people have used some form of floor coverings in their homes. The painted canvas was thought to have originated in the 1400's in France, in the form of tapestries and wall hangings. It wasn't until the 1700's that the English took the painted canvas and converted it to rolled canvas for floor coverings. Many names were given to it--wax cloth, fancy pattern cloth--until finally they were referred to as "oyl cloths." In the wealthy English homes, common house painters painted the "oyl cloths" in designs fashioned by the time...geometric, tile and marble. It became a prosperous business, even exporting to the wealthy in the American colonies.
In America it began with women putting old worn sails down on their drafty floors and painting on them. At the end of the American Revolution, the demand for American-made products grew. Local artists started making floorcloths, and the design became more stylized, using stencils and block printing. Floorcloths became not only very popular but also a booming business. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, the new technological advances moved floorcloth production into the factories. Unfortunately this also led to the demise of the floorcloth in 1860 with the invention of linoleum.
In the 1950's and 1960's with the authentic historic restoration movement came the rebirth of historic handcrafted items. Today floorcloths have come full circle and are taking on the designs of today's world as well as yesterday's.
Whistle Stop Studio--Floorcloths (painted rugs)