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Persian Volute

American, circa 1845-1860


This pattern dates from the period when several major shifts were underway in wallpaper design and manufacture. First, it shows the influence of Owen Jones and Augustus Pugin, English designers who were fascinated by ancient and exotic ornament. They were determined to replace the French fashion for overtly three dimensional wallpapers with those that treated the walls in what they felt was a more honest manner, as a flat plane.

In the same time period, the development of machine printing also altered both the design and print quality of wallpaper, not usually for the better. However, the original document of Adelphi’s Persian Volute is an excellent example of a roller printed pattern, surprisingly free of the flaws of early mechanized products. With its straightforward areas of color we have been able to successfully reproduce it with the block printing method.

Imperial Measurements: Repeat 12 ½ inches, width 19 ¾ inches, length 11 yards, straight match.

Metric Measurements: 32 cm, 50 cm, 10 m.


Border Pairing

Bead and Reel Border

English or American, circa 1840-1860


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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