This pattern dates from the period when several
major shifts were underway in wallpaper design and manufacture. First,
it shows the influence of Owen Jones and Augustus Pugin, English
designers who were fascinated by ancient and exotic ornament. They were
determined to replace the French fashion for overtly three dimensional
wallpapers with those that treated the walls in what they felt was a
more honest manner, as a flat plane.
In the same time period, the development of
machine printing also altered both the design and print quality of
wallpaper, not usually for the better. However, the original document
of Adelphi's Persian Volute is an excellent example of a roller printed
pattern, surprisingly free of the flaws of early mechanized products.
With its straightforward areas of color we have been able to
successfully reproduce it with the block printing method.
Repeat: 12 5/8 inches
Width: 17¾ inches
The historic colorway image above shows two
widths of the
pattern installed. Alternate colorway images show one
complete width of the pattern.