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So what is the longer historical origin of wallpaper?

August 19,2022

The origin of wallpaper:

Around 4000 B.C., the first known "paper" appeared, and it was Egyptian papyrus. In fact, wallpaper  originated in ancient China, firstly because paper was invented by the Chinese, and secondly because in 200 BC the Chinese glued rice paper to the wall. In 105 A.D., the Chinese court official Cai Lun to rags and other textile waste as raw material invented paper, which is the birth of paper as we know it today.


Sometime in the 8th century A.D., several Chinese prisoners who had mastered the art of papermaking worked under the Arabs, and the technology of papermaking thus gradually spread throughout the Middle East. By the 10th century A.D., the Arabs replaced wood and bamboo with flax fiber to create better quality paper. However, the quality of paper now reached an even higher level. During the 12th century A.D., paper-making spread throughout Europe. The earliest European woodblock prints were religious souvenirs, now known as "helgen". The oldest known image of the Virgin dates back to 1418 and is now housed in the Royal Library in Brussels.
This printing method was used in China as early as the 5th century AD. In 1481, Jean Bourdichon painted 50 rolls for King Louis XI of France, showing angels on a blue background, after which King Louis customized this portable wallpaper, as he found it necessary to move it frequently between castles. Other wealthy Europeans followed suit, commissioning painters to draw wallpaper for their walls, yet wallpaper in the true sense of the word did not appear until after the advent of the printing press.


The earliest known fragment of wallpaper in Europe was found in the beams of Christ's College, Lodge, Cambridge, England, and still exists today, dating back to 1509. It was a woodcut of a pomegranate inspired by the Italian style, and it was printed on the back of a proclamation issued by Henry VIII. The invention of wallpaper is credited to a printer in York named Hugo Goes. In 1599, the first guild of framers was born in France.
In 1675, the French engraver Jean-Michel Papillon invented the use of woodcut batch printing wallpaper, the real sense of the birth of modern wallpaper, today we know wallpaper is invented on the basis of its Jean-Michel Papillon is also known as the father of wallpaper. The oldest surviving flocked wallpaper comes from Worcester, where it appeared around 1680 years ago. The British invented a production method of great significance, the products of the 18th century London workshop was popular. At first, trendy Londoners customized expensive, hand-painted papers that imitated architectural finishes or raw materials such as marble and plaster, but wallpaper eventually gained favor on its own merits. Often, wallpaper was to be inlaid with decorative edges similar to fringed lace or draped floral trim, while flocked wallpaper, which looked to have a cut-flannel effect, was extremely prevalent.Floral series wallpaper  is popular with european nobility.

The role of wallpaper in Europe:

Wallpaper, as an important part of the European aristocratic decorative arts, and the European aristocratic lifestyle of chamber music, ballet, opera, and Western cuisine, originated in Italy. Therefore, wallpaper was born not simply a banal decorative material, but visual art, and can be important enough to qualify the interior space to set the tone of the visual dominant products.
In medieval Europe, in addition to using expensive tapestries to decorate interiors, it was also popular for aristocrats to have artists paint on paper to decorate their walls. The most classic example is that in 1481, King Louis XI of France had ordered the painter Jean Bourdichon to paint 50 rolls of wallpaper with angel motifs on a blue background. Because the king liked to live between castles, he wanted to move the "walls" with him when he moved.


In 1509, hand-painted, large-scale decorative wallpaper began to appear in England, seeking to imitate embroidered items, or marble and stucco patterns in design. Wallpaper won the hearts of Londoners with its unique charm. Flocked wallpaper, like trimmed velvet, was particularly popular, and the wallpaper was accompanied by fringed or draped lace. The earliest surviving samples of flocked wallpaper come from Worcestershire, England, and are believed to have been painted in 1680.

Material of wallpaper:

But before the invention of the printing press, the real sense of commercial wallpaper did not exist. It was still expensive as a decorative artwork. By 1839, thanks to the British Industrial Revolution, continuous printing machines for wallpaper appeared in England. However, the real development of wallpaper is thanks to a new material - plastic invented by Belgian-American chemist Plastic in 1910. 1961, PVC plastic (also known as resin) as the fabric of the successful development of wallpaper, opened a new chapter of human use of wallpaper decorative living room. Plastic has undoubtedly become an important raw material indispensable to modern civilization, can be described as a great masterpiece of mankind in the twentieth century.There are many advantages of PVC plastic material wallpaper  and it is loved by people.

History of the wallpaper industry:

Wallpaper was introduced to China in about 1880, and was basically used only in the foreign houses in the rented areas, without any impact on the aesthetics of society. If you start from 1840 when Britain first produced wallpaper by machine, the world wallpaper industry has developed more than 180 years of history so far.
From 1978 when China produced the first wallpaper, the development of China's wallpaper industry also has a history of more than 40 years.