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Parakeets and Pearls

French (Paris,) circa 1780


Typical of French papers of the period, this delicate and highly sophisticated pattern uses naturalistic motifs in an arabesque arrangement. The term “Arabesque” refers to the placement of figures with a bilateral symmetry into a columnar format. In this case the columns are set in a half-drop of the pattern repeat.

This Parisian arabesque exemplifies the technique of creating volume that French designers mastered in the last quarter of the 18th century. With subtle shading it hints at light and shadow. The document color scheme of greens and black against a coral ground was highly fashionable at this time.

Parakeet and Pearls is suitable for almost any principal room or hallway. Historically it would have been installed with a narrow border and possibly a wide frieze.

Imperial Measurements: Repeat 21 ⅜ inches, width 21 inches, length 11 yards, straight match.

Metric Measurements: 54 cm, 53.3 cm, 10 m.


Border Pairing

Cross Banded Border

English, circa 1795-1810


Samples are available for all Adelphi Paper Hangings patterns. Standard pattern samples are 12 inches by 23 inches and are available for $15. for each pattern. Small samples, business envelope size, are available on request, at no charge (limited to 10 per customer).

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Pattern Reproduction

Color choices for our patterns are not limited to those shown.

All Adelphi patterns can be custom colored to better acknowledge the paper's context. Additional lead time is required for all custom work.

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