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Stars and Squares

English, circa 1796-1797

This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper Hangings by Historic New England.


This Federal style pattern was one of many wallpapers discovered during the 1917 restoration of the first Harrison Gray Otis House, in Boston. According to Richard Nylander’s Wallpaper in New England, it was chosen by the original owners for a chamber over the office.

This late 18th century geometric design appears at first glance to be a simple, two dimensional arrangement of squares and stars with embellishments. At the same time, these elements are combined in such a way that there is a surprising three dimensional quality to the overall design. This illusion is even more pronounced in the alternate colorways shown above.

Imperial Measurements: Repeat 3 ⅝ inches, width 18 ¼ inches, length 11 yards, straight match.

Metric Measurements: 9.2 cm, 47 cm, 10 m.


Border Pairing

Rose and Sprig Border

American (Boston), 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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