Dating antique wallpaper
From the 1920s onwards American firms such as Thomas Strahan Co. This long-established reverence for the styles of the past has more recently been supported by a new concern for historical authenticity in period decorative schemes, public and private.
Wallpaper (detail) adapted from William Morris's Willow design for printed cotton (about 1895), about 1975. E.180-1978 Sample of wallpaper (detail) from the Laura Ashley Decorator Collection, 1989. E.1219-1989, © Laura Ashley Limited 2001 Museums – and the V&A in particular – have been implicated in this ransacking of past styles.
Adelphi Paper Hangings offers wallpapers that are reproduced using the same hand-printing methods and materials employed circa 1720-1860, after which machine printing methods began to dominate the industry.
Our work is based on exhaustive and continuing research into methods, materials, techniques and styles.
Welcome to Adelphi Paper Hangings, producer of the finest quality, block-printed wallpapers available on the market today.
Our wallpapers are meticulously reproduced from original documents and hand-printed by skilled artisans using the same methods and materials employed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The pastiching or modification of earlier styles is apparent in, for example the neo-Gothick designs of the 1830s and 1840s, based on the architectural papers of the 1760s and 1770s, or in the Adamesque designs of the early 20th century, reprising the decorative motifs and styles of the later 18th century."Whatever you have in your rooms think first of the walls for they are that which makes your house and home, and if you do not make some sacrifices in their favour you will find your chambers have a kind of makeshift, lodging-house look about them…" -William Morris (1834-1896) Enter the Historic New England, an institution that sought to bring 4,200 pieces of vintage wallpaper to the internet, making a collection of works dating from the 1750s to the 1950s accessible to the public.Since 2002, the inception of the project, the wallpaper collection has grown to over 6,000 pieces, which conservators at the Historic New England are tasked with repairing, correcting and treating for posterity.We're always looking to add more paper to our collection, so if you have vintage wallpaper that you want to sell, please contact us. Wallpaper, once the favorite daughter of interior design, is now more like the ugly stepchild.