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manufactured by WPM, 1939

This wallpaper was produced by Wallpaper Manufacturers Ltd. in about 1939. The border with this paper was used to create a dado rail if necessary. Dado rails were important because they split a room into sections that were decorated with different but co-ordinated wallpapers. This wallpaper was embossed and varnished so that it imitated wood panelling. It has pattern inspired by William Morris’ designs from the late nineteenth century. It was probably intended for use in a hallway or dining room, where its dark colour would hide dirt.

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Colour machine printed wallpaper.

height: 345mm
width: 400mm

Further Reading

de Joia, Roberta (ed). A Popular Art: British Wallpapers 1930-1960 (Exhibition Catalogue). London: Middlesex University Press, 1989.