During midwinter when Boscobel is closed to visitors, the stairways and landing carpet runners were replaced with an early-19th-century, 100% wool, reproduction Venetian carpet. Visitors on Opening Day, April 1, were welcomed in the Entry Hall by the new carpet, which uses the former carpet’s color palette to remain in harmony with the decorated interior of the largest open space in the mansion.
The carpet was produced by one of the industry’s most notable and last surviving U.S. textile mills, Family Heirloom Weavers, which reproduces original designs from the 18th and 19th centuries and adapts them for 21st century use. Family Heirloom Weavers produce woven ingrain carpets, coverlets and runners for private residences, museums, even Hollywood movie producers. Their name is linked to the homes of such famous people as Washington, Lincoln, Monroe, Jackson, Grant, Buchanan, Twain, the Wright Brothers…and, of course, States and Elizabeth Dyckman.
During a two-day visit, craftsman Rick Clanton of IngrainCarpet.com, a specialist in ingrain and Venetian carpet installation, used staples and carpet tacks with great precision to install the new carpet.
A bill of sale exists showing that Elizabeth Dyckman purchased 37 yards of carpet and an additional 3 yards in 1808 from Andrew S. Norwood, a known carpet merchant and later importer in New York City. In comparing the yardage used to the receipt, the only place Mrs. Dyckman could have used this quantity of carpet together was on the staircase and landings.