Linoleum

Linoleum (informally abbreviated to lino) is a floor covering made from renewable materials such as solidified linseed oil (linoxyn), pine rosin, ground cork dust, wood flour, and mineral fillers such as calcium carbonate, most commonly on a burlap or canvas backing; pigments are often added to the materials.

The finest linoleum floors, known as 'inlaid', are extremely durable; they were made by joining and inlaying solid pieces of linoleum. Cheaper patterned linoleums came in different grades or gauges, and were printed with thinner layers which were more prone to wear and tear. Good quality linoleum is sufficiently flexible to be used in buildings in which more rigid material (such as ceramic tile) would crack.

Read more about Linoleum:  History, Use, Present Day

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Linoleum - Present Day
... Linoleum as a floor covering has been largely replaced with polyvinyl chloride (yet still colloquially known as "linoleum"), which has similar properties of flexibility ... it is made of organic materials and is purportedly non-allergenic in nature, high quality linoleum is still in use in many places (especially in non-allergenic homes, hospitals and health ... Linoleum tiles can be made to various designs and inlaid with various colors to form patterns reflecting the shape and use of a room ...
History Of Kirkcaldy - Industrial Revolution
... The subsequent demands for linoleum and coal led to a further extension from 1906–08 in the form of an inner dock ... folly" for what would become universally known as linoleum ... Linoleum was first introduced by the Scottish Linoleum Company (later Barry, Ostlere and Shepherd), due to the expired patent of Frederick Walton in ...
History Of Kirkcaldy - Today
... produced a "queer–like smell"—used to make linoleum, is acknowledged in the poem, "boy on a train" by MC Smith ... smell, that the next stop’s Kirkcaddy This can be seen on a sheet of linoleum in the waiting room of the south platform of Kirkcaldy Railway Station, which was ... The production of linoleum still continues to this day, despite being on a vastly reduced scale and now in Swiss ownership ...
Sustainable Flooring - Linoleum
... Linoleum is made from dried and milled flax seeds mixed with other plant material (pine resins, wood flour, ground cork) with a jute backing, all completely natural materials ... Linoleum does not fade, as the pigments are embedded in the structure ...