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2010/76/1 Linoleum design samples (31), paper, various makers, England / Australia, 1927-1930.. Click to enlarge.

Linoleum design samples

Made in Australia, Oceania, 1927-1930.

Since the British arrived in Australia many different floor coverings have been used in homes, ranging from earthen floors and matting to luxury carpets. Oil cloths were widely used in the nineteenth century, however they were superseded by the more durable linoleum by the start of the twentieth century.

Linoleum was invented by Frederick Walton in 1860 in England. Linoleum was made from linseed oil, cork dust, tree resin, wood flour, ground limestone and pigments. This mixture of materials was...

Summary

Object No.

2010/76/1

Object Statement

Linoleum design samples (31), paper, various makers, England / Australia, 1927-1930.

Physical Description

Linoleum design samples (31), paper, various makers, England/Australia, 1927-1930.

A variety of linoleum design samples. The designs have been printed on paper. The samples have different patterns and colours. Many of the patterns have the maker or style printed on the back or in a border on the front of the sample. There are pencil written notes in the borders or on the back of some samples.

Makers or styles of the samples include: 'Barry's Linoleum Carpets', 'Armstrong's', 'Staines', 'Barfelt', 'Z Linoleum', 'Y Linoleum', 'Silver Star Congoleum', 'Empire Inlaid Linoleum' and 'Brunofelt'.

Production

Made

Australia, Oceania 1927-1930

Notes

Various makers. Many have been made in England.

History

Notes

These linoleum design samples were found in the donor's grandmother's home. Her grandmother lived in a sandstone house built in 1879. She moved into this house between 1927 and 1930. When she moved in she re-decorated the house and had linoleum put in many rooms.

It is likely that these samples came from this time period when the donor's grandmother was choosing the designs for her linoleum floors.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Wendy Lowe, 2010

Acquisition Date

29 November 2010

Cite this Object

Harvard

Linoleum design samples 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 7 December 2019, <https://ma.as/370226>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/370226 |title=Linoleum design samples |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=7 December 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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