To frieze or not to frieze…

Because there were so many late Victorian and early twentieth century papers that were originally paired up with friezes or borders, many people may expect every reproduction fill paper from those eras to have a companion ornament above it. Actually many wallpapers, especially those dating from the Edwardian era (1901-1910) and later were never really [...]

Watkins Glen Frieze

One of our earliest attempts at the reproduction of an elaborate Victorian frieze was a pattern we named “Watkins Glen”. The dynamic design and coloring of this frieze was the work of Dr. Christopher Dresser and came directly from the chromolithographed frontispiece of his 1873 book “Principles of Decorative Design”. The book was originally a [...]

The crown decoration in the Arts & Crafts interior

Along with the craze for large decorative friezes that persisted in interior decoration from 1900-1915 came a number of creative  ”innovations” from wallpaper manufacturers, one of which being the “crown” decoration. The idea was basically a decoration that could be made to fit any height, whether it was from floor to ceiling or perhaps just [...]

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 [...]

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