The art of painting on fabrics and canvas for decorative use other than being framed and hung on walls originated in the 1400's. Fabrics were painted and made into table covers, board games and playing cards. In the 1700's in France the technique of painting on fabrics grew to make covers for the bare ground or unfinished wood floors. In the 18th century the term "floorcloth" was used as a fairly generic term. Usually made of linen, but also wools and cottons. Early settlers to America would remove the damaged sails from the ships to make into "floorcloth" coverings for their homes. Because of the protective finish that is applied to the floorcloths by the 19th centuryfloorcloths were called "oil cloths". Though extremely popular in both Europe and the United States in the second half of the 19th century manufacturing processes grew in popularity and demand. The art of hand painted and hand crafted arts was pushed aside for the quicker and cheaper manufacturing processes. There was a rebirth in parts of the United States in the 1950's and 1960's due to the discovery of original floorcloths when our country started restoring older "Americana" homes. Personally I became familiar with floorcloths while living in Charlotte, N.C. in 1994. I would frequent many Designer House openings often for research for my Wall Mural and Faux Finishing business. That is where I began to see many custom floorcloths in kitchens, bathrooms & playrooms. Floorcloths are so durable they are perfect for any room in the house. Thus began my love of floorcloths.