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image 1Linoleum was first made by Fredrick Walton in 1860 as a cheaper alternative to the Kamptulicon rubber floor popular during the Victorian period. Linoleum is made from oxidized linseed oil, ground cork, wood dust formed on a jute backing.

Linoleum was adopted by the modern designers and Bauhaus architects and was most popular between 1900-1930. Linoleum was an ideal product for the modern home because it was a low cost and hardwearing. It also came in an array of patterns of tiles, planks and parquet and persian carpet patterns.




And where most vinyl patterns are printed into the surface, linoleum's colors go all the way through. "As linoleum wears, different layers of color are gradually revealed," says Duo Dickinson, an architect in Madison, Connecticut, who has also used the material on backsplashes and countertops. "It can be quite beautiful." Durability is another of linoleum's attributes; some floors have survived 30 to 40 years in tough commercial environments. "It seems to last forever," Working with Linoleum Flooring: This Old House

Linoleum by Jane Powell

Linoleum: History, Design, Architecture 1882-2000

Floor Coverings for Historic Buildings

Linoleum Products

Second Hand Rose (US): Vintage Linoleum

Style Flooring

Forbo: The Marmoleum Store

Cork & Linoleum Flooring: Pennine Flooring

Jennie Moncur Commissioned Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum Flooring: Eddolls Carpets

Completely Flooring: Marmoleum


Links to Linoleum Articles

Tips and tricks from Armstrong: The History of Linoleum

Choosing A Linoleum Floor For Your Home By Ryan Larson

Museum of Linoleum

Vintage examples- Linoleum Forever: Day-Lab Forever

1936 Vintage Linoleum

Working with Linoleum Flooring: This Old House

Fitting Lino: My Workman

Removing Lino: DIY Doctor

Vinyl and Linoleum Repair Tips: The Natural Handyman

Vinyl vs. Linoleum: Floor Ideas


Useful Research Websites

BBC Homes 1920's:

BBC Homes 1930's

Hidden House History

Francis Frith Photo Archive

The Geffrye Museum

English Architecture: Britain Express

Looking at Buildings: Pevsner Architectural Guides

Useful Links to Articles

Design Styles- Architecture, interiors and furnishings: Dezignare

1930s and Art Deco Fireplaces

Forum Debates

Channel 4 Homes Forum

DoItYourself Forum: Linoleum and Vinyl Flooring

Art Deco House Style

Understanding the Edwardian and Inter-War Houses

Thirtiestyle: Home Decoration








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