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American Rugs and Carpets from The Seventeenth Century to Modern TimesAbout Book
American Rugs and Carpets from The Seventeenth Century to Modern Times by Helene Von Rosenstiel on Blalo.com - This is the first-ever account of the whole subject of rugs, carpets and other floor coverings in America from colonial times to the present day. Based throughout on original research, it is an all-embracing survey, ranging from dirt floors to AstroTurf, from floorcloths and oilcloths to vinyl tiles and from handmade rugs to machine-made carpets.
The story begins with dirt floors, painted and sanded floorboards, straw and rush matting--the early settlers' first crude attempts to improve on the plain, tamped earth. It goes on to describe how weaving techniques were applied to carpet-making to produce the popular Navajo, Venetian and Jerga rugs; how the chemical principles of making oilcloths developed into the manufacture of linoleum, offering a real substitute for carpeting.