From the Publisher
In clear, succinct terms the authors explain what reproductions of document quality are available, when and where it is appropriate to use them and how to purchase them. Wallpapers contains over 1,350 different wallpapers from 1700 to 1910, describing American and foreign designs and borders as well as scenic, plain and embossed papers. Includes 200+ black-and-white photos and 20 full-color photos. Fabrics consists of seven chapters devoted to periods beginning with the 18th century. Features a unique catalog of more than 600 fabric types and patterns and a new chapter on 20th-century fabrics. The authors of Floor Coverings explain how to research floor coverings that may have been used previously in a room and how to locate suitable reproductions. They cover everything from shiplap pine boards, encaustic tiles to flatwoven ingrains and the finest Orientals. Lighting traces the history of lighting from candles to gas and electric fixtures used in American homes, public places and streets from the colonial era into the 20th century. Moss provides complete information on selecting several hundred appropriate fixtures.
From the Back Cover
Wood Planks and Oriental Rugs werent the only floor coverings found in Americas old houses. In fact, a rich array of floor treatments have been usedfrom 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.