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The Canvas Carpet: Floorcloths from Black Point Mercantile of Portland, Maine

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The Canvas Carpet: Floorcloths from Black Point Mercantile of Portland, Maine

Margot Guralnick July 08, 2015

The inspiration behind Justine’s recent DIY floorcloth? These nautical canvas mats by Black Point Mercantile of Portland, Maine, tailor-made for the summer cottage and cabin. Even Justine says, “These are so spot on that next time, I think I’ll go straight to the source.”

Photography from Sharktooth.

Above: Black Point Mercantile’s floorcloths are sold by Sharktooth of Williamsburg, Brooklyn; John Derian in NYC and Provincetown, Massachusetts; and Pancho and Lefty of Sweden. Made of heavyweight canvas that’s painted, waxed, and distressed, they’re $425 at Sharktooth for the four-by-six-foot size, shown here. (Go to Black Point Mercantile and John Derian to see variations of this pattern.)

A consortium of designers, painters, and craftsmen, Black Point Mercantile–not to be confused with Remodelista favorite, Black Creek Mercantile & Trading Co.–specializes in “durable products that will last as long as you do.” The group is currently at work transforming a defunct movie theater in downtown Portland, Maine, into Black Point Mercantile’s combination factory and shop/gallery.

Above: These two-by-three-foot Floorcloths are $275 each at Sharktooth.

Above: An 8-by-10-foot Diamond Pattern; $750 at Sharktooth. Custom sizes, colors, and patterns are available. 

Above: This six-by-nine-foot example is $550 at Sharktooth.

Above: A detail of the distressed surface and the stitching.

Above: Primary colors from Black Point Mercantile’s about-to-be-introduced new series.

Above: A new design from Black Point Mercantile shown “in its native habitat,” in the company’s Portland movie theater.

We love living with canvas. For ideas, go to 7 Easy Summer DIY Projects with Painter’s Drop Cloths. And to make your own summer rugs, see DIY: The Swedish-Striped Canvas Floorcloth.

Peruse more textiles from Sharktooth in our post The Patchwork Quilt Gets a Modern Makeover

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