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The history of wallpaper

The history of wallpaper



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The first idea of ​​wallpaper appeared at the end of the 16th century. The dominoes, with profane or decorative subjects decorated with borders, which one adjusted on the walls as one would a tiling are in a way the beginnings of the wallpaper. A domino maker from Rouen, that is to say a manufacturer of marbled papers dyed in different colors, Mr. Lefrançois had the idea of ​​creating models whose patterns were connected, these drawings being specially designed for the decoration of large walls. dimensions. The sheets were printed sheet by sheet. We owe the birth of the roll to Fournier, an Alsatian, who glued the sheets of paper together to form rolls eight meters long. Wallpaper, in the form that we know today, is a product that emerged in the 18th century. The French revolution marks an unprecedented boom in wallpaper linked to social development. After 1850, machine printing became widespread and allowed the democratization of wallpaper. In the 1930s, the Decorative Arts condemned the decor and the wallpaper then experienced its greatest crisis. It was not until the 1960s and 1970s that the wallpaper was reborn. It is now signed, washable, if not washable, sometimes without connection or pre-glued, or even peelable dry. In the early 1980s, in Germany and Holland, rotary screen printing using swelling inks offered a new decorative aspect in relief. Today, wallpaper offers a range of possibilities in terms of materials, colors and patterns that make it successful. The name "wallpaper" is not the most adequate to designate this wall covering. In the past, wallpaper was made of paper, but today many other materials are used in its composition. It is however its original name which remains universally known. > Discover our Wallpaper folder