High Resolution Antique Wallpaper Pack
My uncle works for Waterhouse Wallhangings, and gave me permission to post these high resolution wallpaper samples for download. I love using tiling background patterns in my designs, especially ones with a vintage, textured feel, and I thought you might enjoy them too.
The following excerpt is taken from the Waterhouse site, and I think it does a good job of summing up the cool little story behind these wallpapers.
The beautiful collection of early designs consists entirely of authentic reproductions of original wallpapers which were first used in this country, circa 1700-1890. During these years, sea captains returning from trading in France, England, and sometimes China, brought back with them, as part of their cargo, handmade papers.
For many years, Dorothy Waterhouse visited lovely old New England homesteads, searching beneath layers of wallpaper or paint - or in attics, trunks, and old boxes - for fragments of original wall hangings. The results have been most rewarding, for many documentary papers have been found with colors and designs almost as true as the day the papers were made. Since many were created before the machine age, they were often painted completely by hand, stenciled, or by a carved wood block. The colors used were of home-mixed pigments and the designs the finest examples of grace in composition.