Flocked Wallpaper

flocked wallpaper

Flocked wallpaper has been around for more than 300 years. It devolved from being the hallmark of the wealthy to a joke-worthy cliché at the end of the last century. Today, however, this unique design profile is making a dramatic resurgence. In a variety of contemporary colors and patterns, flocked wallcoverings are perfect for creating a dramatic and eye-catching accent wall, or creating a unique design statement in your home or office.

The Origins of Flocked Wallpaper

Originally this wallcovering style was designed to simulate velvet cutouts on tapestries and wall hangings. Early in the 17th century, powdered wool was first applied to cloth designed for decorating walls. Powdered wool, known today as flock, was a woolen fabric byproduct. By the late 1600s, English artisans were aggressively advertising flocked hangings for decorating. Although early patterns focused on vines and latticework, simulations of damask weaving patterns in deep, rich colors dominated the 1700s. Flocked wallcovering was prized originally for its great durability, as compared to the textiles it was designed to imitate, and for its ability to repel moths.

Flock Designs Transition to a Larger Population

Because original patterns and styles were expensive, flocked wallcoverings were largely unavailable to a large portion of the population for more than 200 years. At the beginning of the 1800s, however, faux flock designs began to appear. When consumers began noticing advantages to the “mock flock,” including a wider array of colors and a greater ease of use, the less-expensive version quickly became more popular than the original creations. As technology and the production process became more sophisticated, imitation patterns came closer to mimicking the appearance of velvet.

Today’s Flock Wallcoverings Offer Great Versatility

For a time, flock wallpaper fell into serious disfavor, when consumers came to believe that the raised pattern could harbor germs that couldn’t be eradicated without destroying the wallpaper. Flocks made a big resurgence in the United States in the mid-1900s, but by the late 1970s, they had fallen away yet again. Flocked designs today are created using rayon flock applied with special gun. Today’s designers love flocked wallcoverings for making a dramatic statement on a feature wall in the master bedroom, for example. Unique flock patterns popular today include tuxedo stripes, flowers and vines and the extremely popular chandelier patterns. The hottest flock trend today is bold polka dots in black, white or fuchsia on a metallic background.

Wallpaper Warehouse carries a large selection of modern flocked patterns as well as sophisticated, vintage patterns. A wide variety of colors, textures and backgrounds are available, so you can choose the perfect design to complement your project. Visit Wallpaper Warehouse today to find flocked wallpaper choices you will love.

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