Wallpaper | A Brief (But Long) History

When I decided to do a Podcast episode for Design Notes on the history of wallpaper, I truly figured that the journey would be pretty cut and dry with a clear starting and end point.  HA!  The more I looked into it, the more windy and roundabout the trek.  So the long and short of it is that from 4,000 BC and the invention of Egyptian Papyrus (paper) to the advent of the Gutenberg printing press and continuous rolls of paper, Napolean, the French Revolution, and England's love for taxation, up to the invention of PVC in 1872, wallpaper has taken one heck of a ride.

So, tune in and listen to Podcast Ep. 2 for the fun facts of wallpapers journey throughout the centuries.  And for the inspiration side of things; check out these great resources for historical wallpaper and current trends.

Enjoy!

 

Sear's + Roebuck Catalog | Early American Wallpapers

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Sears Nursery Wallpaper
 

 

France's WALLPAPER MUSEUM

Rixheim’s connection with the wallpaper industry began in 1797 when Hartmann Risler & Cie, later to become Zuber & Cie (still operating), set up its factory in the old Teutonic Knights Commanderie. The Museum of Wallpaper, which opened in 1983, holds the factory’s collections as well as collections donated by the Museum of Printed Textiles in Mulhouse, to which numerous acquisitions and donations have since been added.

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Rideau à bayadère, panneau de papier peint, détail Manufacture Dufour, Paris, vers 1820 Impression à la planche, tontisse. Cliché © D.Giannelli, Musée du Papier Peint, Rixheim, France.

Rideau à bayadère, panneau de papier peint, détail Manufacture Dufour, Paris, vers 1820 Impression à la planche, tontisse. Cliché © D.Giannelli, Musée du Papier Peint, Rixheim, France.