Antosa De La Rose - Art History Research
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History of 
Hand Painted Floor Canvases
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Spring time  Paris  2010
Inspired  to create in the City of Love & Beauty Paris. 
I began Researching into ancient 14th century French  floor coverings and the relevance they had on the development of Floor-coverings in the UK,  Scotland and Internationally

Hand Painted Floor Canvases

My research is on-going  and has taken much time,  patience and with a fine tooth comb I have been able to lovingly uncover more and more interesting facts about ancient floor coverings which I shall share a few gems with you! 

Below Fragment of a Painted Floor Plaster, pigment New Kingdom, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.









Hand Painted floors have been found in Ancient Egypt  & exquisite colorful Mosaic flooring adorned ancient Greece and Rome.
 In Ancient and in 21st cent India Rangoli for festivals are created and  although they are not permanent floor paintings they are in themselves utterly exquisite in their colour and design

This is a precis of the knowledge gained so far as I continue to  compile my research on this subject. And I would be delighted to hear from anyone who can add more to this subject :)
Hand Painted Floor Canvases

 My research into Hand Painted Floor Canvases only dates back as far as 14th century France where painted oil cloths  were used as decorative wall hangings and table coverings. 

 Evidence so far has proved that Hand  painted floor Canvases started to be manufactured in England by 1740 Oilcloths/ floor cloths became tremendously popular from 1700-1800

Hand Painted Floor Canvases was a predecessors of other types of floor covering such as linoleum for which Scotland in particular Kirkcaldy became world famous.  

Floor Canvases are hand-painted canvas rugs. These  floor-canvases below, are from a late 1800s  catalog A variety of patterns and designs could be purchased, including geometric patterns and floral designs

Victorian Hand-Painted Floor-canvas Patterns






Antique Hand-Painted Floor-canvas Designs







This once flourishing industry has been all but forgotten, mainly because so few examples have survived.  Perhaps the oldest cloth surviving in situ is the charming floor-canvas in the Swedish Royal Palace of Tullgarn, dating from 1800.
This cloth is not factory manufactured but painted as a one-off.
Its existence suggests that perhaps other cloths were also painted for European palaces at this period.



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