Roller-printed wallpaper gallery

These papers are created using a rotary machine-printing technique in which the wallpaper is fed around a large central drum.

 

This central drum is surrounded by several smaller rollers. These rollers may be engraved or etched (intaglio) or alternatively have a raised surface (relief). Each roller contributes a different part of the overall design and is fed by its own tray of colour. The wallpaper industry commonly referred to intaglio-printed papers as Sanitary wallpapers (from about 1880 to 1930) and to relief-printed papers as Surface-Printed wallpapers. These formed a significant part of production from about 1850 to 1970. 

Detail of relief roller
Detail of relief roller

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Floral wallpaper surface printed in water based colours from a relief roller c.1917
Floral wallpaper surface printed in water based colours from a relief roller c.1917

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Sanitary wallpaper printed in oil based colours from an intaglio roller c.1917
Sanitary wallpaper printed in oil based colours from an intaglio roller c.1917

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Washable paper with engraved roller pattern of stylised mosaic flowers and leaves in marigold and gr
Washable paper with engraved roller pattern of stylised mosaic flowers and leaves in marigold and gr

NT image 598387. National Trust / Sue James

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Surface printed wallpaper in water-based colours from relief roller. 19th C
Surface printed wallpaper in water-based colours from relief roller. 19th C

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