Close Search

Jay Moire

There is a long practiced tradition of wallpaper imitating other decorative materials: stone, wood and, most notably, textiles such as drapery and lace. Jay Moire, depicting a fine silk, is another such example. In 1844 in his diary William Jay noted about his visit to the Palace de L’Elysees: “Some of the apartments are hung … Continued

Quarter Sawn Oak

From the archives of Historic New England, Boston. Although the original wallpaper was machine printed, the precise design structure allowed for an easy translation to block printing. This type of pattern may have been designed to be used as a wainscot decoration.

Viennese Trees

Adelphi’s Early-Twentieth Century Collection draws on the work and influence of the Wiener Werkstätte in Vienna and the French Moderne movement–later known as Art Deco–two of the most influential design schools of the century. Designers in Vienna and in Paris inspired and influenced a generation of designers throughout Europe and the United States, who created … Continued

Prince-Rollins Marble

Versatile marble patterns of this type were utilized either alone and trimmed with a fancy border, or as backgrounds on which Arabesques panels were placed. As a dado paper it would have been found under a chair rail in hall or staircase. Particularly elaborate installations might have had the paper cut and mimicking a marble … Continued


This exuberant paper was discovered covering a wooden bandbox made by Hannah Davis, who worked in Jaffrey, New Hampshire between 1825 and 1855. Well known for her carefully made hat and bandboxes, Davis is also credited with designing a machine to cut thin sheets of wood for the sides of her boxes. The Pinapples pattern … Continued

Pebbles and Flowerpots

This striking and very distinctive paper, along with the Festoon Frieze, was originally hung in the dining room of one of the most important and ground breaking examples of American domestic architecture, the Pope Villa in Lexington, Kentucky. The house was designed in about 1815 by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, one of America’s first professional architects, … Continued


This wallpaper and the accompanying Floret Border were hung in the 1768 Jeremiah Lee Mansion in Marblehead, Massachusetts. The opulent Georgian mansion, which has been owned and preserved by the Marblehead Museum and Historical Society since 1909, features rococo interior carvings as well as early English hand-painted scenic papers from the 1760s. The Pagodas pattern … Continued

Chateau de Mores Spiral

The Gilded Age Chateau de Mores in Medora, North Dakota, was built in 1883 as a summer home and hunting lodge for the French aristocrat, the Marquis de Mores. The 26-room home was decorated by his wife primarily with American-made products designed in the fashionable Eastlake style. Undoubtedly, a wide variety of wallpapers would have … Continued

Bamboo and Drapery

Bamboo and Drapery was printed by Moses Grant Jr., a highly successful Boston manufacturer. His papers have been identified in Charleston and Philadelphia as well as in New England, indicating a well developed distribution network. Grant offered a wide range of patterns including the latest fashions from France. This pattern combines two very popular design … Continued