Custom Floorcloths by Canvasworks
Floorcloths (also known as “oylcloths”) date all the way back to 15th century France, where canvas tapestries were used to cover cold stone floors. The basic procedure for making a floorcloth hasn’t changed. Heavy canvas is prepared and the weave is filled so that the cloth can receive the painted design. Depending on the design, the painting is created using Lisa Curry Mair’s freehand techniques. The paint is applied in layers of washes, building up to fine details, and the final image is sealed and protected with extremely tough and durable finishes.
The final result is a “carpet” which is easily cleaned with a damp mop, tough enough to withstand dogs, kids and furniture and customizable in a wide variety of patterns and motifs, reflecting Lisa’s traditional painting style. Every step of each floorcloth made at Canvasworks is carried out within the studio just as it would have been done hundreds of years ago. Each piece is created from a piece of raw, heavy canvas which is then put through a series of steps of shrinking, priming, sanding, painting and finishing until the floorcloth is ready to roll up and ship to its new home. You can bring this tradition of color and warmth to life in your home. View the Floorcloth Gallery to see many variations Lisa has created in the past.
Lisa has been creating floorcloths for over 20 years and now focuses her artistic abilities on large (more than 50 square feet), highly intricate, one-of-a-kind pieces of art for the floor. When you have chosen the place for your floorcloth, go to the Inquiry Form to give Lisa a general description of the content or theme of the floorcloth and the desired dimensions of the finished floorcloth. Lisa will be in touch with you within a day or two and will discuss your project and quote you a price.
When Lisa has had a chance to work up some sketches and preliminary ideas usually within a week), you’ll receive a to-scale color layout for your project. With this layout Lisa can transpose the proposed floorcloth to photos of the room, allowing you to see exactly what your floorcloth will look like on your floor before you even order! At this point, you can suggest changes to the layout and double check the measurements.
Over the next few months, Lisa will create the artwork on canvas in her studio. She uses traditional painting techniques to create beautiful textures and patterns as well as painterly scenes. The canvas texture shows through and creates an aged, elegant charm. Several final layers of protective coating finish the floorcloth and make it tough, durable and easy to clean. It will be rolled and shipped to your home for easy installation. Just unroll and enjoy!
The floor cloth is exceptional! I ordered from the website without actually seeing or touching one of Lisa’s works; it is everything and more than I expected. Lisa is professional and easy to communicate with, I feel privileged to provide a home for one of her works.