Ribbon Sprig was discovered in Concord,
Massachusetts and may have originated in
Boston, but it is of sufficiently high quality
to also suggest that it could be of French
Free floating, small figured sprig patterns
were popular throughout the late 18th century
both in French and English wallpapers. The
fact that this sprig is an abstracted form
rather than a recognizable flower is
characteristic of French patterns. While it is
pictured here in original document Etruscan
colors - orange and black on a grey ground -
it could easily be printed in black and white
on light blue, buff, peach or ochre.
This is an excellent choice for bedchambers
and small secondary rooms. Typically it was
hung either with a broad frieze and a narrow
1"-2" border outlining both doors and windows
or simply trimmed with a narrow border of
1"-2" at all the margins.
This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper
Hangings by The Farmers' Museum.
Repeat 2 1/4 inches
Width 20¾ inches
The historic colorway image above shows two
widths of the pattern installed.
Alternate colorway images show one
complete width of the pattern.