Lisa has been making floor cloths for the past 20 years. She has been chosen 10 times for Early American Life’s top artisan’s directory.
Lisa lives in a early 19th century farmhouse, the Henry Gould Farm, which sits at the base of Vermont’s picturesque Mount Ascutney,
Her painted canvas floorcloths are made as they were made hundreds of years ago, one painstakingly step at a time. She designs each piece, lays it out on paper, then transposes it to a prepared canvas “blank” floorcloth before begins it’s painted design. Each one is hemmed giving it a nice finished look. Each one is hand signed and dated by Lisa.
Just in case you are not familiar with floorcloths, let me tell you a little bit about them.
Area canvas rugs, today known as floorcloth, had their start in 18th century England. Initially used by the wealthy, the designs and patterns mimicked parquet flooring, tile and marble. As these useful furnishings found their way into middle-class homes, the variety of patterns grew. When American colonists became independent from England, they also began to create their own floorcloths. Eventually the development of linoleum eliminated the interest in these rugs. However, in the past few decades, the desire to decorate homes in a more personal way has stimulated their popularity.
This rug will soon be available on my website.
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