Linoleum was a popular floor covering in British homes in the 1930s, as it was a practical and cheap way to cover floorboards.
This piece of linoleum features a pattern combining modern geometric motifs with more traditional groups of leaves. The autumnal colours used were very fashionable during the 1930s when it was made.
This particular piece of linoleum was found in the storage room of a detached bungalow in Laleham-on-Thames. It was probably installed when the house was first built in 1933 – 34 and remained in place until the start of the twenty-first century. The sample was found under a large cupboard, meaning it retained its original colours well.