Early History of Wallpapers

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We at Printology Concept are crazy about wallpapers and wallart. Our passion drives us to create and recreate innovative art pieces that are desired by our customers. It was around 2200 years ago when the first idea to use paper on the wall to make it look better hit humanity. The Chinese invented paper and used rice glue to stick it to a wall. Sounds like a lot but wallpapers have been around more that paint. Wallpapers have been used to express the use of the room and to impress on it's importance.

The start of early modern wallpapers

Jean Bourdichon painted 50 rolls of paper with angels on a blue background for Louis XI of France in 1481.  King Louis ordered the portable wallpaper because he found it necessary to move frequently from castle to castle.  Other well-heeled Europeans commissioned artists to paint paper for their walls.

Real wallpaper for the masses can hardly be said to have existed till the advent of the printing press.

The earliest know fragment of European wallpaper that still exists today was found on the beams of the Lodge of Christ's College in Cambridge, England and dates from 1509.  It is an Italian inspired woodcut pomegranate design printed on the back of a proclamation issued by Henry VIII.

The paper is attributed to Hugo Goes, a printer in York.

The Invention of Modern Wallpapers

Jean-Michel Papillon, a French engraver and considered the inventor of wallpaper.

He started making block designs in matching, continuous patterns in 1675. Wallpaper as we know it today was on its way.

Growth and Popularity

The manufacturing methods developed by the English are significant, and the products from 18th century London workshops became all the rage.

At first, fashion conscious Londoners ordered expensive hand painted papers that imitated architectural details or materials like marble and stucco, but eventually wallpapers won favor on their own merits.

Borders resembling a tasseled braid or a swag of fabric were often added, and flocked papers that looked like cut velvet were immensely popular.

Bringing Wallpapers to Everyone

In the Victorian era, rooms paraded print upon print, mostly in garish colors, and the advent of machine-made wallpaper put the cabbage rose and arabesque patterns within the budget range of practically every home.

Artisans such as Louis Comfort Tiffany and William Morris and their lyrical interpretations of nature, hand-printed by the wood block method, came to symbolize Art Nouveau.

The Victorian Era, as one would expect, was a grand time for wallpaper featuring over embellished designs featuring somber colors, but it was in the roaring '20s that wallpaper really took the spotlight for the first time.

Known as the Golden Age of Wallpaper, some 400 million rolls were sold during that period.

Printology concept houses victorian era prints that can be used to give your home the right elegence.

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