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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. 

These formed a significant part of production from about 1850 to 1970. The wallpaper industry commonly referred to relief-printed papers as Surface-Printed wallpapers. Examples of these papers are shown below. 

For intaglio-printed papers, usually referred to as Sanitary wallpapers (from about 1880 to 1930), please see our separate Sanitary wallpapers page.

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