Saturday September 19, 2020

Interiors: Winning ways with walls

Wallpaper has been with us in some form since 200BC, and will grace our walls for the foreseeable future too, writes Margaret O'Brien.

10th August, 2014
Silent Nature wallpaper by Swedish firm Boras Tapeter, €49 per roll (see

To say that wallpaper is an enduring decorative product is an understatement, the Chinese were hanging decorated rice paper on their walls as far back as 200BC.

However, it wasn’t until the 16th century, when wealthy Europeans started to experiment by covering their walls with textiles typically wool or silk, not just as an expression of decor and art, but also as a form of insulation, that wall hangings made their debut in the western...

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