Guide to Reproduction Wallpaper

These companies offer authentic wallpaper patterns for houses from the colonial era to the mid-20th century.

Everard Damask, from Adelphi’s Colonial Williamsburg collection

While it may get a bad rap in contemporary interiors, wallpaper was an integral part of historic rooms, especially from the 1870s through the 1940s. If you’re trying to bring back the grandeur of a period home, you’ll find plenty of companies making authentic reproduction wallpaper for eras spanning three centuries. Most of the manufacturers listed here offer patterns that have been meticulously sourced from original examples, and some even print papers using traditional methods.

Adelphi Paper Hangings

Still prints papers by hand using the block-printing methods that were common up until the mid-19th century. Patterns are reproduced from samples discovered in historic homes.
Styles: Federal, Georgian, Greek Revival, Colonial Revival, Art Deco

Aesthetic Interiors

Specializes in Anglo-Japanese wallpapers from the Aesthetic Movement. Patterns can be custom-sized or -colored, and they can also create custom reproductions from original samples.
Styles: Victorian, Arts & Crafts

Bradbury & Bradbury’s Dresser II roomset

Belfry Historic Consultants

Distributes several lines of reproduction wallpaper, both hand- and machine-printed, with historic patterns sourced from a variety of countries, including England, Ireland, France, Italy, and Australia.
Styles: Federal, Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Colonial Revival

Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers

With patterns spanning from the early Victorian era to the Atomic Age, Bradbury’s multiple colorways and coordinating roomsets provide a mind-boggling array of choices.
Styles: Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Mid-Century

Burt Wall Papers

Screen-printed wallpapers; choose from a small selection of historic and interpretive patterns from the 1840s through the 1930s, or have a design custom-produced from an original sample.
Styles: Victorian, Greek Revival, Colonial Revival

The Virginia Creeper pattern from Charles Rupert Designs (formerly Historic Style)

Charles Rupert Designs

Faithful and interpretive designs based on historic samples, including William Morris patterns. A parent company to the now-defunct Historic Style, Charles Rupert Designs carries some of Historic Style’s popular patterns.
Styles: Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Colonial Revival, Art Deco

Gate Multimedia

Offers a few digitally printed, historically inspired patterns, or can custom-match an original sample of fabric or wallpaper.
Styles: Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mid-Century

J.R. Burrows & Co.

Hand-printed wallpapers based on the works of late 19th- and early 20th-century designers such as William Morris, Candace Wheeler, and Aldam Heaton.
Styles: Victorian, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts

Mason & Wolf

Offers hand-screened roomset wallpapers in three collections inspired by the Aesthetic and Arts & Crafts movements and the work of designer Christopher Dresser.
Styles: Victorian, Arts & Crafts

Mason & Wolf’s Sweet William, an Aesthetic Movement pattern

Morris & Co.

A subsidiary of UK-based company Sanderson, Morris & Co. is the to-the-trade source for reissues of original William Morris patterns.
Styles: Victorian, Arts & Crafts

Trustworth Studios

Silk-screened and digitally printed wallpapers that reproduce the whimsical and sometimes fantastical designs of Arts & Crafts-era designer C.F.A. Voysey and his contemporaries.
Styles: Victorian, Arts & Crafts

Wolff House

Hand-screened reproduction wall and ceiling papers based on historic Victorian samples, in styles ranging from Gothic to Aesthetic Movement.
Styles: Victorian

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