Saturday 21 June 2008

vintage block print wallpaper

One of my favourite tv shows is 'Grand Designs' an English program which follows couples as they build their dream home. Thursday night's episode was an old one which followed a couple as the renovated the most amazing Georgian house in the centre of London. In one part of the show they visited a shop where they sold block printed wallpaper designs from the period. I fell in love with the design they chose 'Regency Tile'. Alas I can't seem to find a picture of it online. It was a really simple pattern which nevertheless was printed with a number of blocks and a batch of rolls would take someone three weeks to print. And the price reflected that!
Wandering online I found this beautiful site Adelphi Paper Hangings which has similarly exquisite reproduction wallpapers, in the most fantastic colours and designs. Here are some pics
of some that caught my eye.

Wonderful that these dramatic wallpapers are back in vogue. Of course Australia was home to one of the most amazing wallpaper designers Florence Broadhurst whos designs are having a renaissance at the moment (her designs below).


  1. Wow, those are so beautiful! I can only imagine the texture they have, too, being block printed.

  2. Yes, they have a wonderful quality when you see them up close don't they? :-)


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