Flocked wallpaper gallery

Flocking is a technique for achieving a raised pattern and fabric-like effect.

 

The design is printed in adhesive which is then covered in short dyed fibres. These fibres were mostly made from wool until around the mid 20th century, since when synthetic fibres applied by an electrostatic flocking process have been more commonly used.

Applying adhesive to take flock
Applying adhesive to take flock

Photo courtesy of Pauline Birdsall

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Flock wallpaper, Ancient High House, Stafford, mid-18th C
Flock wallpaper, Ancient High House, Stafford, mid-18th C

Photo courtesy of Rowena Beighton-Dykes

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Yellow brown flock in leaf pattern, c. 1850-60.
Yellow brown flock in leaf pattern, c. 1850-60.

E.160-1934, ©Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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Red flock wallpaper from Lydiard Tregoze, Wiltshire, c. 1830s
Red flock wallpaper from Lydiard Tregoze, Wiltshire, c. 1830s

E2261-1966, ©Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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Flocked wallpaper, faded on right-hand side, 19th C
Flocked wallpaper, faded on right-hand side, 19th C

Fillet of wood had covered left hand side, protecting from fading and soiling. Photo courtesy of Andrew Bush

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Hand-blocked and flocked French wallpaper border, early 19th C
Hand-blocked and flocked French wallpaper border, early 19th C

Photo courtesy of Andrew Bush

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