Collections – Wallpapers Crimson Flock Wallpaper, pomegranate pattern

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
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Collections – Wallpapers


Crimson Flock Wallpaper, pomegranate pattern

This is a new reproduction of a distinctive Regency pattern. It was made in the late 1990s for the Crimson Bedroom and the Ante-Room in the north-west corner of the house, on the first floor, rooms where the original wallpaper paper had certainly been hung in around 1826. The same wallpaper was hung in two adjacent rooms in another house, Lydiard Park near Swindon, and the pattern is also known from French and American contexts, so it must have been a popular one.

Our facsimile reproduction has been made in the same way as the Regency original. Sheets of paper were pre-joined to form drops, brush-grounded and printed with adhesive – varnish – from wooden blocks. The varnish was dusted with dyed chopped wool and a more detailed pattern was then embossed into the flock (using wooden blocks which in places were inlaid with metal strip) to give the veins of the leaves and so on. Later in the 19th century flock papers were embossed by being passed between heated rollers under pressure.

This pattern is typical of Regency economy. The repeat is only 21 inches so that the pattern is printed with only one block – with one more for the embossing. Variety is obtained by ‘half-dropping’ the pattern so that the pomegranate appears at different levels on adjacent sheets.

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