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June 18, 2022

30 Amazing Photos Show Victorian Wallpapers in the Late 19th Century

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.

Take a look at these amazing vintage photos to see what wallpapers looked like in the late 19th century.


  1. I love the tongue-sticking-out one, you don't see that often in Victorian photos!

  2. Your forgot to add that a hell of allot of wallpaper back then was poisonous due to what they used to make some of the colours , eg green




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