Advert for Treloar & Sons, carpet manufacturers
Medium: Print on paper
Furniture and furnishings became very elaborate during the Victorian period. The drawing and sitting rooms of the middle classes were filled with large ornate pieces of furniture like sideboards and dressers. Shelves were filled with ornaments and decorative pieces of china, and floors were covered with fringed and highly patterned rugs.
Rugs were cheaper and more practical than wall-to-wall carpets as they could be lifted when the room needed to be cleaned. Patterned rugs like the one featured on this leaflet would have been laid on larger patterned rugs: the ultimate in style during the 19th century.