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WILLIAMSBURG, the licensing division of Colonial Williamsburg, recently launched a new WILLIAMSBURG wallpaper collection with Pennsylvania-based manufacturer, York Wallcoverings, the oldest maker of wall coverings in America. Inspired by designs from Colonial Williamsburg’s archives, the “Trend Meets Tradition” collection takes classic elements and reimagines them for today’s lifestyles. The designs capture the timeless appeal of fine American craftsmanship and the influences of 18th-century global trade.
Fans of classic WILLIAMSBURG fabrics will recognize many of them reinterpreted as wallpaper patterns. Solomon’s seal, a large-scale botanical pattern, has been recolored in fresh teal, pink and butternut. Its inspiration – a set of copperplate printed curtains depicting the flowering perennial in blue – was made in England about 1775.
Other patterns were drawn directly from objects in Colonial Williamsburg’s museums. Sources of inspiration include 18th-century textiles, rare books and the distinctive architecture of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Galt Embroidery, for example, features textured “embroidered” scrolls that echo the baroque ironwork gates of the Governor’s Palace. The linen-white scrollwork presented in trend-right shades of aqua, pink or soft gray gives this wallpaper a contemporary, sophisticated feel.
The WILLIAMSBURG “Trend Meets Tradition” collection by York Wallcoverings is now available through fine interior design and wallpaper stores nationally. Click here to view the WILLIAMSBURG collection on the York website. Click here to learn more about the WILLIAMSBURG brand.