The Victorian Era (1837-1901) was a period of transformation. In the decorative arts, this vibrant era did not produce merely one style, it produced many. Historical revivals, an anti-industrial return to nature, futurism, and Oriental exoticism all coexisted in the public imagination, and were often found in enthusiastic, if not startling, decorative combinations. Our Victorian Collection is divided into five main groupings that represent these varying design styles. Each grouping contains "roomsets" in different coordinated colorings, featuring harmonizing wall and ceiling patterns that can be used together to create the popular motifs of the Victorian era.
William Morris and Walter Crane are two of the undisputed geniuses of 19th century pattern design and co-founders of the English Arts & Crafts movement. Their designs often appeared together, most notably in Queen Victoria's own Kensington Palace.
William Morris was a prolific designer of both wall and ceiling patterns for wallpaper, but many of Morris & Co's most impressive interiors were stenciled and hand painted. These rooms, done for firm's most prestigious clients, including Queen Victoria herself, featured magnificent dadoes, borders, and friezes that were never translated onto printed paper.
Mix one part Japanese with one part High Victorian Gothic, add the promotional genius of Oscar Wilde, and you have a formula for one of the most progressive design movements of the 19th century.
The Aesthetic Movement emerged in the interiors and decorative arts of England and America in the last quarter of the 19th century. Strongly influenced by Japanese design, the Movement enthusiastically upheld the notion that artfully ornamented interiors were essential to quality living.
Christopher Dresser was the great futurist amongst Victorian designers. Understanding that the future of design would be shaped by technology, he embraced machine production, making him one of the world's first "name" industrial designers.
In the 19th century, classically inspired interiors were often hand painted and stenciled. We have transferred these stencil patterns to a series of modular wallpaper borders and panels.