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Home Furnishing | by George Leland Hunter



Facts and figures about furniture carpets and rugs, lamps and lighting fixtures, wall papers, window shades and draperies, tapestries, etc.

TitleHome Furnishing
AuthorGeorge Leland Hunter
PublisherJohn Lane Company
Year1913
Copyright1913, John Lane Company
AmazonHome Furnishing

By George Leland Hunter, Author Or "Tapestries: Their Origin, History And Renaissance"

One Hundred And Seven Illustrations From Photographs

Home Furnishing 2
-Preface
I hope that this little volume will be judged rather by its virtues of commission than by its sins of omission. It is not a complete handbook and guide to the decoration and furnishing of homes, but i...
-I. Good And Bad Furniture
ORTHODOXY, said Professor Sophocles of Harvard, is my doxy. Heterodoxy is somebody else's doxy. So it is with regard to taste. Good taste is what I like. Bad taste is what the other fellow likes. ...
-II. Chairs
THE great name in chair making is Chippendale. For many years before and after the middle of the eighteenth century, he flourished in London, and his famous book, The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker's Di...
-III. Oriental Rugs
MYSTERIOUS and fascinating are the tales that have been woven around Oriental rugs for the benefit - or delusion - of Occidental customers. This royal Fantasieh, chants the itinerant auctioneer, c...
-The Sizes And Shapes Of Rugs
The question of size is vital. Some of the best decorative firms in the country advise against the use of large rugs in any private residence. They point to the fact that the smaller sizes are less ex...
-Some Persian Rug Types
The finest rugs in the world are woven in Persia. For centuries Persian rugs have been the pride of Shah and provincial governors, and just as in France, at the Gobelins, tapestries of wonderful finen...
-Turkish And Russian Rug Types
Oushak, with a population of over 100,000, is one of the most important rug-weaving centers in Turkey. As at Tabriz and Sultanabad the industry is principally under European control. The large, thick,...
-IV. Doctored Rugs
AMERICANS seem to be crazy over the word antique. They clamor for antique furniture, antique silver, antique jewelry, antique linen, antique Oriental rugs; and in most cases they expect to pick them...
-Doctored Rugs. Continued
One point, however, I would emphasize again and again. Rug values are staple and there are no bargains to be had. If you want an antique you must pay an antique price, and if you want a modern rug of ...
-What Is An Abrash?
Abrash is a most interesting word. In Persia, if father, son and grandson have Roman noses, then a Roman nose is the abrash of that family. If gluttony is characteristic of generation after generation...
-The Passion For Antiques
Ten years ago the passion for antiques in this country was so strong that people seemed to love them for their imperfections rather than for their perfections. The worm-holes in antique furniture thri...
-How to Repair Rugs
When rugs are injured they should be promptly repaired and by the most highly skilled professional. If the web wears off at the end or at the selvage at the side, so that the adjacent knots of the pil...
-How To Clean Rugs
The care of a fine rug is everything. Just as thoroughbred racers have luxury and affection lavished upon them, so thoroughbred rugs should be treated gently and tenderly. The broom should be used dai...
-Cotton Warps
In spite of being accused of invidiousness because of the numerous errors I am obliged to point out in what has been written by others on the subject, I cannot refrain from asking you to laugh with me...
-V. Domestic Rugs
THE American is proverbially fond of the paradoxical, and credulous before the marvels of the faker. But obvious facts, a knowledge of which is important in everyday life, he is apt to distrust or des...
-Domestic Rugs. Part 2
The hide of the brussels (if for purpose of explanation I may so call it) consists of a cotton or jute warp and filling that interlace to hold the loops of the woolen pile. The pile is formed by extra...
-Domestic Rugs. Part 3
The most luxurious domestic rugs are the chenille, axminster whole carpets, some of them seven-eighths of an inch thick, with five-eighths as the regular and three-eighths the least expensive grade. T...
-VI. Carpets And Carpeting
DURING the past few years, carpets and carpeting that cover the whole of the floor have been treated with open abuse or silent contempt by nearly all writers on interior decoration and furnishing. Ori...
-VII. Lamps
NO matter how complete the installation of gas or electric lighting fixtures, beauty and efficiency can both be increased by the addition of lamps. For the height at which fixtures must be placed - at...
-VIII. Lighting Fixtures
RESIDENCE illumination is comparatively a new art. Before the invention of the incandescent electric lamp and of the gas mantle, it was difficult to get enough light; now the problem is to distribute ...
-Lighting Fixtures. Part 2
On the whole, it seems to me that a leaded dome of good design, in luminous colors, lights a small dining-room more suitably and more agreeably than any other fixture. But everything depends on the co...
-Lighting Fixtures. Part 3
The old-fashioned way of lighting such a room was from fixtures only, with transparent glass bulbs pointing down. The fixtures were usually combination gas and electricity, and the location an inherit...
-IX. Ventilation
IF architects and builders did their duty, owners of homes would not have to worry over ventilation problems. Every room in the house would have at least two outlets for foul air, one near the ceiling...
-X. Chamber Furniture
I DO not know of a more perfect American example of fine workmanship in chamber furniture than the set shown in the frontispiece. At every stage of its construction, money and labor were spent without...
-XI. Summer Furniture
ONE might as well admit at the start that we Americans are very stupid about our summer furnishings. Some of us carry over into the out-of-doors season the heavy and stuffy trappings of the indoor one...
-XII. Choosing Window Draperies
WINDOW draperies have much to do with the comfort of a room. Without them it seems cold and bare; with too many, it seems stuffy. But when they conform in size and shape and weight and pattern to the ...
-XIII. Draperies For Bungalows
ABOUT draperies for town houses almost everybody knows something; also about draperies for country houses that have windows of regular size and shape. But when it comes to bungalow draperies, uncertai...
-Draperies For Bungalows. Continued
Scrims, both plain and with drawn-work effects, are useful in bungalow draping - not white scrims but those in cream and ecru. Sometimes the stringing of a bright-colored ribbon through the open path ...
-XIV. Lace Curtains
THE lace curtains, spread and pillow cases that draped the bed of Marie Louise were of Alencon lace made entirely by hand - Napoleonic bees composed with the needle and applique inextricably into the ...
-Lace Curtains. Continued
The printing, designing, cutting, perforating, and stamping of Swiss lace curtains are done at central factories; the embroidery, applique work, and cutting out, at the houses of individuals. Most of ...
-XV. Window Shades
THE decorative effect of window shades is often disregarded, the selection depending on the momentary whim of purchaser or salesman. Almost without exception parsimony is practiced, even when the rest...
-XVI. Domestic Prints
BETWEEN the hand-blocked French and English prints illustrated and described in Chapter XX and the domestic draperies that form the subject of this chapter, no comparison or competition is possible. T...
-XVII. Domestic Tapestries
IN its broadest sense, tapestry includes all fabrics - woven, painted, printed, embroidered - used to clothe and adorn walls and floors. In its narrow and special sense, it denotes the product of high...
-XVIII. Choosing Wall Papers
IN choosing wall papers for the different rooms of the house, it is not necessary to trust to guesswork and inspiration, or to the advice of the Sunday Supplement and the Ladies' Page of the Evening M...
-XIX. European Hand-Blocked Papers
THE paper hangings illustrated in connection with this chapter represent the best that has been accomplished in patterned wall papers. They range in price from $ 1 to $ 12 a roll, the English rolls be...
-XX. European Hand-Blocked Draperies
IN my chapter on European Hand-Blocked Papers I pointed out some of the reasons why hand-blocks produce better results than machine-rollers. This applies not only to wall papers but also to the line...
-XXI. Art Pottery
FASCINATING are the forms that clay assumes on the potter's wheel - forms that fire makes permanent. Fascinating, too, are the elusive colors with which accident and intention diversify the surface of...
-Art Pottery. Continued
The product of modern European potteries is by no means to be despised. Each locality has worked along some special direction and accomplished an individuality all its own; for instance, the Royal Cop...
-XXII. Real Tapestries
TAPESTRY is a broad word. It ranges all the way from ten cents a roll for verdure papers to ten thousand dollars a yard for the marvelous pictures woven on the highwarp looms of the Fifteenth and Sixt...
-Real Tapestries. Continued
Herein lies a lesson that the amateur of tapestries should take to heart. Mere age counts for little. The value of an inferior work of art does not increase as the generations pass, although the price...







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