Monday, January 26, 2015


At the beginning of every new year, we like to look back and see how our family of rug designs are doing. It is impossible to say which ​design we​ like best, but everybody has his or her favorites.

Our Administrative Assistant, Kelly, for example, chose Eaton Square #43-S for her ​brand ​new apartment. We asked her why, and she said "It has an interesting pattern without being too bold. I wanted something with a little color, but a design that would be versatile enough to move with me through different apartments."

Blanche is re​-​doing her wood floors due to water damage from a neighbor's faulty plumbing - ah, the joys of New York City apartment life! - and ​she chose  Geometric Checkerboard #90-G. According to Blanche, "​ The blue  is such a great neutral color - it goes with all my antiques and textiles".  

Having just finished a renovation of her Long Island house, Blanche also selected a number of designs including Water Mill #264 ​"It seems perfect for a house near the beach, yet it has lots of character."​

WOODARD WEAVE'S Somerset #55, is a favorite of many clients. The richly colored stripes on a neutral background seem to be a hit everywhere, and have a universal appeal. 

That same popularity is also enjoyed by  Checkerboard #27-2T, based on a classic design which ​really works with just about every decor, modern or traditional. When in doubt, many clients lean towards Checkerboard#27-2T and know they can't miss.

Hamilton #201-R is a surprisingly popular choice by our clients, some of whom combine the design with Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, and all kinds of contemporary styles.

The larger scale of White River Junction #84-BG in a subtle mix of colors is another winner in WOODARD WEAVE's  ​in-house ​fan club.

Our Reading Collection, #19-D shown here, was inspired by an antique woven rug we found in the rural area near Reading, Pennsylvania. People who made quilts, and it seems like most PA homemakers did during the late-19th and early-20th- Centuries, sometimes set up a loom in their kitchen and made hand woven runners  from leftover fabrics. For area rugs, the strips were sewn together to make large room size  rugs.

For clients who prefer seamless rugs, WOODARD WEAVE has found a way to weave area rugs up to 13 feet wide by any length, while retaining the authentic style of historic carpets.

Thus, a cottage industry was born, and the custom prospered well into the 20th-Century. The strip rugs, as they were sometimes called, were so popular that some companies, like Sears and Roebuck, offered commercial versions of these colorful flat woven rugs.

WOODARD WEAVE is  proud to have helped revive our country's love affair with the 
​authentic historical style that is uniquely American.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dallas County in a New Colorway!

A client asked us if it would be possible to do one of our best selling hooked rug designs, Dallas County, in more primary colors.  Of course we could, and here it is.  

New Dallas County colorway HR#203-B

Original Dallas County colorway HR#203-A

An exciting part of creating our own hooked rug collection is that it offers us the opportunity to vary the designs and colorways in an infinite number of ways, just like the traditional rug makers a century ago.  All our rugs are inspired by 19th- and early-20th-Century designs which have stood the test of time.  

Each of our rugs is hand-hooked with hand-dyed fabrics that produce an individual variation, each with a human touch. We can make this or any other rug in our exclusive collection in virtually any size or shape. A round version , shown here, is especially appealing. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Antique Trade Signs

Antique trade signs were not only decorative but, more important, identified where one could find specific services and products.  Because they were hand painted, each is an original piece of folk art with a purpose.  Before neon signs came to dominate  commercial areas across the country, these painted wood and metal advertisements hung outside shoe repair shops, department stores, pawn shops and every other commercial space open for business.  Now, with shoppers moving steadily towards sources on the Internet, these pieces from another era have gradually become even more treasured.

Painted wood raised letters on striped background.  Circa 1950.  An artist's palette was a favorite motif of the period, and one can assume that after an appointment at this establishment one will look as beautiful as a painting. Condition: Good, with weathered surface.

Painted wood.  Early 20th-Century.  Straightforward and to the point, one knows immediately what is for sale at this emporium.  Condition:  Good, with some age appropriate wear.

 Founded in 1901, the company is still doing business based in New York, NY.  Insurance companies have always been eager to present a stable and reassuring image to customers, and often produced signs with patriotic and historic themes to give a sense of permanence.  Professional sign painters were assigned to create striking, colorful graphics, some of the most effective for insurance companies with an ample advertising budget.  Condition:  Very good.

Early 20th-Century.  Gold painted letters on textured black painted wood background.  Here is a no-nonsense announcement, with a semi-serious effect.  Condition:  Very good.

Early 20th-Century  New York State.  Painted tin with wood frame.  The owners of this business hung a very distinguished sign which has an authentic patina surface.  Condition:  Weathered, mellowed paint.

Circa 1930.  Painted wood.  A simple, graceful sign that gives the impression that the proprietor was an elegant needle worker.  Condition:  Very good, with wear.

Early 20th-Century.  Painted wood.  A festive advertisement for a poultry supplier, in red, white and blue.  Condition:  Very good, with wear.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Air Brush Pottery

The colorful art deco designs featured on table ceramics designed by professional artists in Europe seem perfect for festive entertaining. Made between 1919 and 1933 in Czechoslovakia, Austria and Germany, these mass produced "designer ware" pieces have become relatively hard to find. Cake servers, plates, and pitchers, all add a distinctive and unique touch to festive tables set for summer enjoyment. For more about these pieces, please refer to Ceramics of the Weimar Republic 1919 - 1933.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

WOODARD WEAVE® Stair Runners

WOODARD WEAVE® Classic American woven rugs are inspired by authentic
 historic patterns, hand-dyed and hand-loomed in the old-fashioned way for over 30 years. 
​Constructed of sturdy, top quality cotton
, our  flat-woven runners are extremely durable and can be installed on virtually any stairs. 

Stair Runners by 
work miracles on a stairway, even those with corners, curves, angles, you name it! 

Our full digital catalog is available by request by e-mailing:  
info@woodardandgreenstein.com. Please have a look at a few of our triumphs for inspiration:

Somerset #55 brings this stairway to life. The curve at the top of the stairs was nothing to be afraid of.

Dorchester #60 flows magnificently in a cascade of color. 

New Hope #50 brings colorful architecture to these stairs.

Jefferson Stripe #22-A is installed with a mitered corner making this a very smooth landing. 

Cedar Hill #231 is installed with mitered corners making this two-level landing a work of art.

All installations and images courtesy of Colony Rug Company, Hanover, MA

Friday, August 15, 2014


Geometric designs in hooked rugs have been popular for centuries. Trouble is, the beautiful old ones are fragile and often not suited for everyday use. We have always been big fans of traditional hooked rugs and have come up with a solution - our own collection of historic designs, all based on authentic antique patterns from the past. Virtually any size is possible, and although we discourage soccer teams from working out on them, they do have the strength and integrity of the great old rugs when they were brand new.

The good news is, these geometrics work in so many decors - modern, art deco, traditional, mid-20th-Century, minimalist  - so many options. Each rug is hand-hooked with the highest quality, durable cotton. Made to order, virtually any size is possible, from runners to area rugs.

We are genuinely excited to offer these historic carpets available in a wide variety of sizes and colors. Our digital catalog is available by request by e-mailing info@woodardandgreenstein.com

Triangle Square HR#327

Mill Village HR#120

Dallas County HR#203A

New Preston HR#201

Ashford Hall HR#204

Riverton HR#403

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Woodard & Greenstein added a new product to their brand as Managers of a new antiques show in the Hamptons on the East End of Long Island.  A gala Preview Party with honorary co-chairs NBC-TV's Chuck Scarborough and antiques dealer Ellen Ward Scarborough opened the event Friday, June 20, 2014 at the Bridgehampton Community House.  The two day show featured a variety of top dealers in antiques and design from the U.S. and London.  The benefit was held for the Peconic Land Trust which is celebrating thirty years of protecting farmlands and agricultural growth on Long Island.  Coordinating the show was textile dealer Michele Fox, organizing a fresh mix of antiques and contemporary design specialists in Modernism, Americana, Continental, Jewelry and Paintings.

Special events included a Pre-show Champagne Breakfast with a Panel Discussion featuring well known designer, Mariette Gomez, designer and antiques dealer Ellen Ward Scarborough, and architect Blaze Makoid.

The Bridgehampton Community House still holds its dignity for special occasions, like the opening of a brand new antiques and design show.  Banners and an American flag announced this event with the porch decorated with a garden by Anastasia Casale of Sag Harbor Florist.

Early birds to the gala Preview Party were the fashion world's Mary McFadden and designer Justine Cushing.

Tim & Charline Chambers of Missouri Plain Folk were anything but plain in dazzling Preview Party colors.

Chuck Scarborough and Ellen Ward are greeted by Show Manager Thomas K. Woodard, who also welcomed their dogs Arthur (seated) and Emma (hiding).  The Scarboroughs, besides supporting many important charitable organizations, also are animal lovers.  Arthur and Emma,  and a beautiful gray cat who chose to stay home, are all rescues found at shelters. Tom's dog, a kind of cockapoo, who is also a shelter dog, spent the evening at home in Wainscott watching NBC.

John Halsey, Founder of Peconic Land Trust, welcomed everyone to the Saturday morning pre-show Champagne Breakfast,  Pictured with John are designer Mariette Gomez, designer and antiques dealer Ellen Ward Scarborough, and architect Blaze Makoid, all of whom had a lively discussion about trends in design and revealed some of their personal thoughts about the passion that is their business.  The discussion was moderated by Thomas K. Woodard, who did his best to create an ambitious combination of Charlie Rose and Barbara Walters.  The donuts from Dreesens, the local donut king, were killers.

Sandi Berman's Deco Deluxe exhibition sparkled as collectors and admirers entered the show.

Onstage was Bob Withington who brought an outstanding collection, as always, from York, ME.

Bob Withington takes a break in the booth of show coordinator and rare textile dealer Michele Fox, with Thomas K. Woodard.  

Woodard & Greenstein, Managers of the Show, also exhibited Americana, including campaign bandannas and quilts, and their own exclusive WOODARD WEAVE Woven Rugs.

Hilah Iaulus and Jeffrey Krasner of NYC joined designer Mariette Gomez at the Preview Party.

Ellen Ward Scarborough added much glamour to the proceedings, as did four-legged Arthur, talking with Gary Hume.

Bob Withington brought Gary Hume and his incredible outdoor sculpture work, adding garden ornaments to the front lawn.

Jeffery Henkel brought a magnificent garden folly with an oversize dining table set under a breathtaking chandelier, all of which appeared to be headed to a new home in the Hamptons.

Woodard & Greenstein's knockout assistant, Kelly Craparotta, kept things under control in the W & G booth, where Jim Duque and Tom took a moment to catch their breath.