Victorian Orientalism

The Victorian fascination with all things exotic and oriental manifested itself through a variety of artistic expressions, including literature, painting and architecture. One of the obvious ways to capture the ambience of the “mysterious East” closer to home was to decorate with it, something 19th century decorators and homeowners would revel in! The New York [...]

Walter Crane’s “Lion & Dove”

Over the last 30 years we have reproduced hundreds of patterns from wallpapers past, and although they all have the obvious visual appeal by their use of line and color, behind many of them is also a fascinating and unseen history or inspiration… Our Lion & Dove frieze, is an excellent example of this. This [...]

HGTV pays us a visit

We got a call the other day from the producers of the HGTV decorating program┬áColor Splash,┬áhosted by “Design Star” winner David Bromstad. They were in the neighborhood and asked if they could stop by and see the factory. On a previous episode of Color Splash Bromstad had used a portion of our “Idylwild” frieze to [...]

Art Deco Borders

When it came to “energetic” ornamentation it could be hard to beat the Art Deco era! Its jazzy edginess appeared everywhere; on household items, packaging, clothing, building facades, carpets, curtains and yes, even wallpapers. And Europe lead the charge, especially Germany, France and Belgium. Even Britain cranked up the polychrome. Here are some wallpaper border [...]

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