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Floor Coverings For Historic Buildings

Wood Planks and Oriental Rugs weren't the only floor coverings found in America's old houses. In fact, a rich array of floor treatments have been used--from brick, tile and linoleum to mats and floorcloths, from rag rugs to ingrain, embroidered and pile carpets. And, of course, Oriental rugs on wood floors. Finding just the right floor covering to furnish an old house or to create a period look in any building has always been a challenge. Now, Floor Coverings for Historic Buildings explains how to choose and buy the correct floor coverings used between 1750 and the 1930s, including where to order 475 reproductions described here in detail. This invaluable catalog, illustrated with 175 photographs, also provides a history of American floors,a glossary of floor covering terms, addresses for 82 suppliers (many of whom fill custom and special orders), a reading list and sources of help.

Paperback: 288 pages

Publisher: Wiley (May 1, 1988)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0471143820

ISBN-13: 978-0471143826

Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches

Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #916,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #51 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Home Improvement & Design > Decorating & Design > Floors #314 in Books > Arts & Photography > Architecture > Decoration & Ornament #323 in Books > Arts & Photography > Decorative Arts & Design > Interior & Home Design > Decoration & Ornament

The quality of the paperback is fine. The content is very disappointing. The pictures are not the greatest quality. There is too much emphasis on these various stores and suppliers who are unlikely to be in business to-day and, for those still in operation, most likely to be difficult to be helpful let alone affordable for the average Joe. At least now I know not to look for other books in this series.

It's a great starting place, but since it's 28 years old, many of the business have been absorbed by others, and nearly all of the patterns are discontinued. But it's a great basis for what to search for online.

This book has provided wonderful ideas for my old house!


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