Inspired by the extensive design archives of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, York Wallcoverings introduces a fresh take on 18th-century design with its new WILLIAMSBURG wallpaper collection, “Trend Meets Tradition.” A beautiful fusion of fine American craftsmanship and international influences, the collection is a timeless delight for a broad spectrum of design sensibilities.
John Rocque’s London Map 1740
Cartographer John Rocque used two measuring techniques to survey London over several years in the early 1740s. The resulting map, originally printed in 16 sheets and now in the collections of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, is the most complete 18th-century depiction of the city and its countryside. The mural is a near exact reproduction of Rocque’s map. A linen color option adheres to authenticity while a metallic bronze ‘glint’ version edges toward trend.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s expansive archive of painted Indian chintz textiles from the late 17th and early 18th centuries inspired this new wallpaper pattern. Crisp colors and ornate patterns play together to add a dash of spice and flavor to wallpaper design. It’s a look that remains relevant today with an artfully interpreted flourishing ogee pattern of fanciful flowers and foliage.
Galt Embroidery was inspired by early 18th-century wrought iron baroque designs of the gates at the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia. Iron scroll work, often painted white, was the height of fashion and social status when iconic public buildings were built in Williamsburg. The contrast of linen white and bright color gives the inspired wallpaper a 21st-century update while preserving the intricate details that celebrate luxury and sophistication at home.
Interpretation of nature in the home is as popular today as it was for 18th-century artisans. The flowing flora of this wallpaper was inspired by a set of copperplate-printed window curtains depicting the perennial Solomon’s Seal flower. The antique cotton curtain fabric was printed in blue at the Bromley Hall factory in England about 1775, and is now in The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation archive.
This geometric trellis wallpaper design is drawn from fretwork patterns in Thomas Chippendale’s pattern book, The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director. Printed with a striking shadow effect to add the illusion of dimension, this pattern is named for Williamsburg master cabinetmaker Edmund Dickinson who owned a copy of the Director – a rare instance of this priceless London pattern book documented in an American shop.
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