Reproducing an historic carpet from an original point paper

i'm currently working with a house museum whose original owner figured prominently in pivotal moments of the Civil War. The period of interpretation is the early 1850s, and the only floorcovering documentation they have is that the carpet was crimson and that it was a pattern of some merit, having won an award. This led me to do research at several manufacturers' archives and various museums. Finally, at one museum library, I was given a treasure trove of late 1840s-early 1850s point papers, and presented the grandest examples to the curator, along with my suggestions.

point papers, for those unfamiliar with the term, are the original artist's rendering of a design, essentially a piece of graph paper, wherein each square represents a tufts of carpet. Often, the point paper is one quarter of the design (think of those paper snowflakes you made as a kid by folding over a piece of paper, cutting a pattern, and then unfolding it).

the pattern they selected is shown in the first picture to the right. I directed the client to a mill that would reproduce this pattern in a high quality Wilton carpet, and their skilled art department created a printout, shown in the second picture to the right, which depicts the pattern in repeat; note that the following represents two strips of 27" wide carpet. Also note that there is a subtle vertical stripe that alternates between crimson and a dark raspberry. (This will be more pronounced when the carpet is finally woven). Right now, we're matching yarn colors to the original point paper, and then the carpet will be woven. As soon as it is installed, I'll add the photographs to this page.

Reproducing an historic carpet from:

Existing Document
Original Point Paper

Notable Projects

This is a partial list of projects on which Dan Cooper has consulted for historic carpet pattern selection, grade specification and installation:

    north carolina capitol
    Raleigh, NC

    iowa capitol building
    Des Moines, IA

    massachusetts state house
    Boston, MA

    virginia capitol building
    Richmond, VA

    terrace hill, iowa governor's mansion
    Des Moines, IA

    old governor's mansion
    Milledgeville, GA

    owen thomas house
    Savannah, GA

    t.r.r. cobb house
    Athens, GA

    fauntleroy house
    New Harmony, IN

    hunter dawson state historic site
    New Madrid, MO

    hickory hill museum
    Thomson, GA

    thomas edison laboratory, national historic site
    West Orange, NJ

    historic madison
    Madison, IN

    unitarian universalist church
    Gloucester, MA

    granger homestead, granger homestead museum
    Canandaigua, NY

    hedge house, plymouth antiquarian society
    Plymouth, MA

    king caesar house, duxbury rural & historical society
    Duxbury, MA

    phelps-hatheway house, connecticut landmarks
    Suffield, CT

    peirce nichols house, peabody essex museum (pem)
    Salem, MA

    bowen house, historic new england/spnea
    Woodstock, CT

    my old kentucky home, kentucky state parks
    Bardstown, KY

    Lexington, KY

    wheatland, president james buchanan foundation
    Lancaster, PA

    wills house, gettysburg nhs, national park service
    Gettysburg, PA

    kelton house museum, junior league of columbus
    Columbus, Ohio

    tower grove, missouri botanical garden
    St. Louis, MO

    glenview, hudson river museum
    Yonkers, NY (parlor)

    international tennis hall of fame (newport casino)
    Newport, RI

    mark twain house, mark twain house and museum
    Hartford, CT

    mohonk mountain house
    New Paltz, NY

    olana state historic site, new york parks & recreation dept.
    Hudson, NY

    wyandotte historical society
    Wyandotte, MI

    florence griswold house, florence griswold museum
    Old Lyme, CT

    bayou bend, museum of fine arts
    Houston, TX

    tempe historical society
    Tempe, AZ

    new bedford whaling museum, visitors center
    New Bedford, MA

    isabella stewart gardner museum
    Boston, MA

    maine maritime museum
    Bath, ME

    brown university
    Providence, RI

    duxbury rural & historical society
    Duxbury, MA

    ross bay villa
    Vancouver, Canada

    private residences
    throughout the United States

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