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Tussie-Mussie Trellis

Designed and printed with the ever popular format of light color mirroring dark on a medium ground – white and black on grey in this case – Tussie Mussie Trellis creates a striking sense of structural depth, primarily in the shadows of the honeycomb trellis. Fragments of this pattern were discovered in the hall of … Continued

Geranium Trellis

Chinese trellis designs seem to be the inspiration for this British pattern.  Although there was not a complete repeat of this pattern, which was discovered lining a trunk, there was sufficient information for a successful reconstruction. With its rambling vines, strict trellis structure and subtly shifting hexagonal lozenge shapes, this pattern illustrates a fine and … Continued


In 1971 an unused roll of this pattern was discovered in the Rundlet-May House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (The accompanying Gimp Border or Frieze was also found in the house, but not until 2008.) When examining the original document at Historic New England, we realized that the primary pattern element – the netting – measured … Continued

Laurel Trellis

This simple pattern was found on a wedding box made in Paris in May 1804; the box is now in the collection of the Musee de Papier Peint, Rixheim, France. The document colorway with its soft pink background and vivid greens is very a la mode for the early Directoire period. The scale of the … Continued

Jefferson Trellis

Thomas Jefferson’s records of purchases for his Virginia home, Monticello, clearly indicate that French wallpapers, were ordered for several rooms. However, today it is only the North Octagonal Room for which any discernable evidence of a wallcovering exists and this is only in “ghost” images – areas where pigments bled through the paper and onto … Continued

Berrien House Ribbon Trellis

Construction of the Savannah house of Revolutionary veteran John Berrien was started in 1791. The Berrien House Ribbon Trellis was the second wallpaper installed in the hallway; it was also the second paper in a sequential “sandwich” of patterns found in another room of the house. Several of the patterns from the Berrien House share … Continued