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Ribbon Sprig – Patrick Mele Colorway

American or French, circa 1790-1800

This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper Hangings by The Farmers' Museum.


Adelphi Paper Hangings asked designer Patrick Mele to create custom colorways for five historical wallpapers.                  Read more about Patrick Mele and what inspired him to create the colorways. 

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 origin.

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.



Imperial Measurements: Repeat 2 ½ inches, width 20 ¾ inches, length 11 yards, straight match.

Metric Measurements: 5.7 cm, 42.7 cm, 10 m.



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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