Floorcloths made using the acrylic polymer medium

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Deborah Deal La Mar (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Clara Ridder

Abstract: A new alternative to routine wall to wall carpet is available in the painted canvas floorcloth. Originally made by eighteenth century craftsmen, the floorcloth and the process for making it had been almost forgotten in the passage of time. The uniqueness and versatility of these painted canvas carpets makes them a refreshing choice of floor covering material. The purpose of this study was to create some fresh original patterns and to execute some contemporary floorcloths designed for use in modern interiors. Materials and finishes sturdy enough to work well in floorcloth form were selected and used in the execution of the floorcloths. Literature was searched for information about methods of manufacture, materials, and patterns or designs used by the earlier craftsmen who made floorcloths. A visit was made to the only known source of floorcloths produced today and designs were seen but no information on the method of manufacture of these floorcloths was revealed. The acrylic polymer paints and gesso were selected for their flexibility when dry and for their satisfactory appearance. Three floorcloths were created in original designs drawn for use in modern environments. The procedure for making floorcloths was explained. Color photographs were made to illustrate the individual discussion of each floorcloth.

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Language: English
Date: 1975

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