Artwork by Lisa Curry Mair

Authentic Museum Quality

Recognized Expertise in Historical Research, Design & Fabrication

General Philip Schuyler House, Schuylerville NY

“We received the floorcloths today and we are thrilled. They look so fabulous in the room – shape, design, colors. Perfect. Thanks so much!”

— Lori, Maryland

Floorcloths can be traced back as far as 14th century France and were widely used in America in the 18th and 19th centuries right up until the time linoleum was invented in 1860.

Lisa Curry Mair has researched the history of floorcloths extensively, and has reproduced dozens of pieces for museums throughout the country. One of her recent reproductions was created for Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts’ Art of the Americas wing. Lisa advised the museum on an 18th c. floorcloth design, which she then fabricated and delivered to the museum. It is on display in the “Regional Styles” Gallery.

Consultation services are offered to museums and historic homeowners by Lisa Curry Mair, a leading authority on period floorcloths. Lisa will identify suitable historic floor coverings for restoration projects and provide planning and pricing for commissioned reproductions. Please contact Canvasworks Designs to set up a consultation.

The following are examples of commissioned museum pieces created by Canvasworks Designs (Click on an image for more details):
Melrose Plantation

Melrose Plantation

NHS
Natchez, MS

Carlyle House Museum

Carlyle House Museum

Alexandria, VA

Darnall Chance House

Darnall Chance House

Upper Marlboro, MD

Schuyler Hall

Schuyler Mansion

Albany, NY

Hunter Dawson State Historic Site

Hunter Dawson Museum

New Madrid, MO

Rose Hill

Rose Hill Museum

Frederick, MD

Henry Ford Museum

Dearborn, MI

Longyear Museum

Lynn, MA

Kew Palace

Kew, England

Recreating Historic Patterns
Filling Each Historic Home’s Specific Design & Research Needs

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Depending on the project, Lisa will travel to the site to review the characteristics of the museum or historic home and to gather important information such as the period being represented, exact measurements and installation needs and limitations.

Sample swatches will be prepared if requested (extra fees may apply) and if samples are provided, it may be possible to create reproductions from existing remnants.

The piece(s) will be fabricated at the studio and shipped by insured freight to the museum, ready for installation.

“I love the floorcloth! It is beautiful and looks great in my den. The workwomanship is spectacular.”

— Nancy, New York

Contact Lisa

Find out how easy it is to own a beautiful and durable handcrafted floorcloth or mural from Canvasworks Designs. Simply complete this form to arrange for a free consultation! 

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