Author(s): Gill Saunders
This lavishly illustrated book charts the rich history of wallpaper from the 16th century to the present day. All types of wallpaper are included as well as images of interiors, posters and sample books, providing a fascinating insight into the subject. It is an invaluable source book for anyone interested in the role of wallpaper in decorative schemes and gives a lively account of the social history of wallpaper and the part it has played in domestic living.
The term 'wallpaper' encompasses everything from printed lining papers to computer-aided limited editions. It covers exquisite hand-painted papers imported from China, and dramatic French scenic decorations, as well as the perennially popular designs of William Morris, the first washable machine-printed papers and embossed wallcoverings from gilt leather to Anaglypta. From modest beginnings, wallpaper developed to become a commonplace of the domestic interior, from castle to cottage, a means of transcending and enhancing the immediate architectural environment.