French trellis wallpaper, Portland, ca. 1825


Decorative wallpapers imitate more expensive materials such as architectural details, painted wall decorations, wood grains, marble, and textiles.

The end of colonial trading restrictions after the American Revolution allowed Americans to import French wallpapers, like this trellis design. Starting around 1820, continuous papers without seams became available.

This wallpaper design is based on an original fragment from the parlor chamber in the Wadsworth Longfellow House in Portland.

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