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Tumbling Blocks

American, circa 1800-1810


While the fragment used to reproduce this geometric pattern is in the Adelphi archives, it would be useful to site Richard Nylander’s book, Wallpaper in New England where he discusses similar patterns in the collection of Historic New England.

“The design’s similarity to late-19th century patchwork is obvious. Less obvious is its relationship to architectural design. A similar configuration, entitled “A Pavement of Parallelopipedons” was published as early as 1729 in Batty Langley’s Sure Builder’s Guide. . . The pattern’s popularity may also derive from the late-eighteenth-century interest in neoclassical mosaic design.”

While we wouldn’t recommend the wallpaper as a “pavement” it is certainly suitable for secondary rooms and passages.

Imperial Measurements: Repeat 4 ⅝ inches, width 18 ¾ inches, length 11 yards, straight match.

Metric Measurements: 11.8 cm, 47.6 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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