During the 18th Century London was the focal point for wallpaper production in the country. The Little Greene wallpaper collections combine some of the most beautiful and timeless wallpaper designs,and many of the designs have a provenance tracing them back to the address of the original house, sometimes even a specific room, in which it was discovered.
During the Georgian Period paper and print making methods were still a hand made process, however a divergence of creative print effects began to emerge. 'Flocking' was used to create textured wall coverings, often reproductions of damask fabrics woven by French Huguenot weavers who emigrated to London during this time, and a cheaper alternative called 'mock flock' also arose. This was used to achieve the look of a flock paper, without the texture, by using a carefully considered print colour on the same design. Flock papers were an English speciality, wall coverings that imitated the expensive Spitalfield Silks of the day, however they were expensive to produce and a bold statement of luxury and social status. Albermarle Street c.1760, Wilton c.1760, Cranford c.1765 and Soho Square c.1775 are examples of this mid 18th Century style.
Striped papers became more popular in the Regency Era (1795-1837), as the use of trough printing became more widespread. Maddox Street c.1810 is a classic Regency stripe, whilst Lauderdale c.1820 is a variation of a striped theme, resulting from stencilling in situ rather than block printing.