Wallpaper in the 18th century was all about color and pattern. During this era artists translated pictorial depictions from tapestry design onto papers. They became so common in England during this time that a tax was applied in 1712 on any paper that was painted, printed or stained to serve as hangings.
The French were the most adventurous in their designs, mainly because they had the help of a new machine, invented in 1785, that was used to print the paper. During this time 34 feet became the standard size for a roll of wallpaper, as decreed by King Louis XVI.
Scenic, large-scale papers were very popular in France. Hand printed using several wood blocks, these papers are extremely expensive.
Today, wallpapers are a simple and affordable way to dramatically transform a room. Ultra high quality photographic prints can be applied just like wall decals and bring into you room anything you desire. Besides the traditional wallpapers we know and love, contemporary geometric patterns have become extremely popular.
Here are some of the most unique Wallpapers.