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The Morris Tradition
The Aesthetic Movement
The Dresser Tradition
Victorian Classicism

Our complete Victorian catalog can now be ordered online or by phone.

Our mail order catalog contains the world's largest collection of coordinating wall and ceiling patterns for historic interiors: over 80 full color pages, over 600 pattern/color choices, plus historical overviews and design suggestions.

Highlights from our catalog:

The Aesthetic Movement: Mix one part Japanese with one part High Victorian Gothic, add the promotional genius of Oscar Wilde, and you have a formula for one of the most progressive design movements of the 19th century. Also known as the "Anglo-Japanese" style, it took America by storm in the 1870s and '80s. The ceiling detail pictured here features four different modular patterns from the Anglo-Japanese chapter of our catalog. See another ceiling detail and a makeover of a San Francisco dining room.
The "Iris Frieze" pictured here is from the Fenway chapter of our catalog, and is based on an original by Walter Crane. See the Iris Frieze installed and a bedroom in the Morris Tradition. William Morris and Walter Crane are two of the undisputed geniuses of 19th century pattern design and co-founders of the English Arts & Crafts movement. Their designs often appeared together, most notably in Queen Victoria's own Kensington Palace.
Christopher Dresser was the great futurist amongst Victorian designers. Understanding that the future of design would be shaped by technology, he embraced machine production, making him one of the world's first "name" industrial designers. Dresser's visionary abstractions of plant life presaged the Art Deco style of the 20th century. The "Watkins Glen Frieze" pictured here is an excellent example of Dresser's proto-Deco style, and is featured in the Dresser Tradition, Part 1 chapter of our catalog. View a Dresser Tradition parlor and a ceiling detail.
This "Cameo Panel" is one of eight modular ceiling elements in our Neo-Classical chapter inspired by 19th century stencil patterns in the collection of the Philadelphia Athenaeum. Neo Classical Design: In the 19th century, classically inspired interiors were often hand painted and stenciled. We have transferred these stencil patterns to a series of modular wallpaper borders and panels that greatly facilitate the re-creation of Neo-Grec and Renaissance Revival interiors.
Herter Brothers Tradition: Trained in his native Germany, Gustave Herter first rose to prominence as a cabinet maker in New York City. Soon after being joined by his younger brother Christian in 1864, the renamed firm, "Herter Brothers", began to create entire decorative schemes of astonishing opulence for the wealthiest families in America. The patterns in our roomset derive from three sources: the patented wallpaper designs of Christian Herter, stencilled ceiling designs, and the renown Herter Bros. marquetry. Click here for a before and after view of a parlor design.
Though every effort has been made, photographs cannot accurately recreate the effects of metallic inks and flat oil pigments. Samples are available to assist in color matching.