Hangings was commissioned to reproduce this
pattern for the main parlor at Montpelier, the
historic home of President James Madison.
printed for Montpelier is flocked, since it is
believed that a flocked paper was originally
hung in the restored room ( the original
Montpelier paper has not been identified).
The version offered here is not flocked
but reproduces the original colors of the
archive document, which is from the Adelphi
archive, originally found in a trunk in
Richmond, Virginia. Beyond that, it is
difficult to determine its origin.
historic patterns is not Adelphi's customary
approach when reproducing historic wallpapers,
it was very much a tradition among early
Our research has
identified a very similar flocked
wallpaper in England installed at Temple
Newsam, near Leeds, in the mid-18thcentury.
Another flocked version was used in 1825 at
Lydiard Park, near Wiltshire. Both of these
patterns were designed in such a way that
the pattern could be hung as a straight match
or a half drop. Slightly later, in the
19th century, the French company
Zuber modified the pattern further to
produce a non-flocked interpretation on a
vibrant irisť ground.
exuberant splays of stylized pomegranates and
plant structure it is understandable why this
stunning pattern has continued to be well
received in all of its versions.
Repeat 21 1/4 inches
Width 20 5/8 inches
The historic colorway image above shows two
widths of the pattern installed.
Alternate colorway images show one
complete width of the pattern.