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Custom Floor Cloths Are Walkable Art

Floor cloths have been known as "colonial linoleum" for many years.
George Washington owned a floor cloth which he used in the White House.
In the 18th century, people produced their own floor coverings by using sailcloth, oil paints, and varnish.
Their popularity has surged due to the ability to be custom sized, a range of colors, and their easy maintenance.
Today they remain a creative combination between art and craft.
The floor cloth, or "Oylcloths" as they are sometimes called, history begins in Britain at the beginning of the eighteenth century.
Originally they were all hand painted, but in later years stencils and wooden blocks were used.
The oldest floor cloth known to exist is located in the Swedish Royal Palace at Tullgarn, and dates back to 1800.
In America, floor cloths can be found in Colonial Williamsburg and Natchez, Mississippi.
What is a floor cloth? Floor cloths are made of canvas that has been stretched and primed (as canvas paintings are) and are then hand painted with acrylic paint.
After the paint dries, multiple coats of polyurethane are applied.
Because of the fact that they are sealed, they are easy to keep clean and do not harbor bacteria.
Their durability provides a protective covering for hardwood floors, tile, and linoleum.
They are ideal for kitchen floors, entrance ways, heavy traffic areas, childrens rooms, breakfast areas, and any other area that needs some extra color.
They are so attractive and distinctive that many people, when first discovering one on the floor, are afraid to walk on them! The truth is, you can spill anything on them, including food and most any beverage.
The advantage of custom floor cloths are that they provide great utility, but at the same time are a beautiful piece of art.


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