Welcome to Adelphi Paper Hangings, producer of the finest quality, block-printed
wallpapers available on the market today. Our wallpapers are meticulously
reproduced from original documents and hand-printed by skilled artisans using
the same methods and materials employed in the eighteenth and nineteenth
Owned and operated by Chris Ohrstrom and Steve
Larson, Adelphi Paper Hangings LLC is a small, artisanal producer of
historically accurate block printed wallpapers for museums and historic
institutions, as well as for period designers and those involved in
contemporary design projects.
Founded in 1999, Adelphi Paper Hangings grew out of a symposium of some
of the world's foremost experts and researchers on block printed
wallpapers. While the symposium demonstrated that interest in these
historic papers and techniques remains extremely high, it was also clear
that the art of producing these unique papers had been in sharp decline
since the early 20th century.
To help insure that the art and craft of traditional handmade wallpapers
would survive, Adelphi established the only commercial production facility for
block printing historic papers in the United States.
Adelphi Paper Hangings offers wallpapers that are reproduced using the same
hand-printing methods and materials employed circa 1720-1860, after which
machine printing methods began to dominate the industry. Our work is based on exhaustive
and continuing research into methods, materials, techniques and styles. Each
order is individually hand printed by skilled artisans without compromises in
quality, historical accuracy or consistency.
Working from original documents that range from an entire wall's worth
of antique wallpaper to a modest box of faded, water damaged scraps
still attached to chunks of plaster, Adelphi Paper Hangings has
successfully reproduced wallpapers which date from the 1740s through
the 1930s. By understanding the nature of historic paints, the muting
effect of time, as well as the historic context and fashions, Adelphi
Paper Hangings can successfully interpret documentary evidence and
accurately reproduce the style, character and look of original period
In addition to historic American, French and English patterns from its
own extensive collection of original wallpaper documents, Adelphi offers
patterns licensed from the archives of Historic New England, The
Smithsonian Institution, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Old Sturbridge Village,
the New York State Historical Association, the Musée du Papier Peint
(Rixheim, France), and from many other historic institutions and private
Our commitment to quality, historical accuracy and uncompromised
production values are our assurance to customers that Adelphi products
are the finest quality block printed papers available on the market today.