Friday, September 4, 2015

Fall colors!

Fall is almost here! Get ready for the change of seasons by adding some warm, cozy colors to your home. Small changes like a new area rug in the entryway, a vintage blanket draped over the back of a couch in the living room, or the rich colors of Jaspe pottery in a window sill or on a side table, will help welcome in the new season.  Here are some easy ways to start the transition.

WOODARD WEAVE Woven Rug "Geometric Checkerboard" #90-M.
Shown with one of four Framed Vintage Shoe Advertisements.

WOODARD & GREENSTEIN Hooked Rug "Riverton" #403.

Detail of Vintage Blanket.  Mid-20th Century.

Antique Pieced and Applique Quilt. Circa 1885.
Vintage French Jaspe Pottery pitchers.

"Maple Acres" beautiful handmade sign. Pine and hardwoods. Letters made from beaded moldings. New York State, circa 1900. 

Vintage Painted Wood and Cork Dart Board. Circa 1935.

All items are available as of the date of this blog post. Please inquire for pricing, details and availability by emailing: info@woodardandgreenstein.com 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sail into summer with these one-of-a-kind discoveries.

Vintage Sailboat Carved Wood Plaque. Circa 1940. Skillfully crafted Folk Art in pristine condition with original paint. Sail marked with carved initial "G". Applied thin wood frame.
 16.75" x 12.5" x 2"   $375

Ship Shadow Box Diorama. Late 19th-Century. Carved wood sails, interesting sea and bright, original paint. Exceptional full hull ship diorama of the vessel "East Linton" entering the River Tyme on its way to its home city of East Linton, Scotland, about thirty-five miles east of Edinburgh. East Linton was an important farming, milling port and railroad center in the the second half of the 19th-Century. Fine details of the "East Linton" - a combination sail and steam vessel - and the well painted background showing the entry lighthouse complex, and a similar vessel on its way to sea.
17" x 33" x 7.5"   $6,500

Oil on canvas. Smoke rises from a magnificent sailing ship, with men in row boat nearby. Inscribed "SR .89".
24" x 20"   $3,500

Vintage Sailing Ship Cast Iron Door Stop. Early 20th-Century. Large, vintage, American full-mast clipper ship. In wonderful original paint.
9.5" x 12" x 2"   $475

19th-Century Sailing Ship painting on canvas. In old wood frame, possibly original. Signed in lower right corner. New England origin.
17.75" 14.75"   $575

All items are available as of the date of this blog post. 
Call or email for additional information. 

212-988-2906                         info@woodardandgreenstein.com

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

We Have A New Home!

81st STREET, NEAR SECOND AVENUE. Ground Floor!  

Our own Woodard Weave Woven Rugs, Hooked Rug Collection, Antique Quilts and Americana are all on display. 

Pop in and see our new shop, Monday - Friday, 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM. Tel.212.988.2906 
303 East 81st Street, New York NY  10028 

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.