19th Century Wallpapers

The 1800s were a key period in the evolution of wallpaper production.
During this century, the introduction of continuous paper reels (from France) and subsequently roller-printing in 1840, replaced the traditional technique by which individual rolls were printed by hand.

The flamboyant, decorative style of the Regency period championed the use of wallpaper. In particular, a fashion for striped papers emerged as they became commercially available, a direct result of this era’s innovative production methods.

Lower George St - Carousel, Ambleside

Lower George St

Despite its contemporary appearance, this abstract design dates back to the early 1800s when such patterns were hugely popular. The original colourway, featuring orangey stars on a pinky yellow ground was discovered on the upper floor of a commercial property.

Lower George St - Carousel

Lauderdale - Stone, Lamp Black


Lauderdale was found in a property overlooking Hampstead Heath, this design results from stencilling as oppose to block printing. A plain green paper would have been cut up on a hessian scrim, stretched over the wall and then stencilled in situ.

Lauderdale - Stone, Lamp Black

Wrest Trail - Pink Plaster, Perennial Grey, Lamp Black

Wrest Trail

A structured wandering stem is adorned by rather relaxed almost sketch like interpretations of leaves and fruit. Particularly noteworthy for the relaxed quality of drawing used to create the all over trail effect, this design is more mid-twentieth century in style than its actual origin of 100 years earlier.

Wrest Trail - Pink Plaster, Perennial Grey

Brodsworth - Empress, Marine Blue


Based on early 18th century French textiles encompassing panels, scrolls andcross hatching -the pattern was originally designed to imitate stamped leather. Unusually, it was used in both the library and the morning room at Brodsworth Hall in reverse colourways.

Brodsworth - Empress, Marine Blue