Wallpaper: A History of Style and Trends by Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz
Wallpaper was initially used as an affordable substitute for lavish coverings, such as frescoes, tapestries, leathers, or hangings. Its current form debuted in sixteenth-century England, and its popularity took off at the end of the eighteenth century following advances in reproduction techniques. Wallpaper transformed the world of interiors, offering depth and perspective, creating the illusion of panoramic vistas, and incorporating narrative sequences, collections of engravings, or brief morality or history lessons. It eventually developed into the wide range of styles that have marked four centuries of decorative art, from Raphael to conceptual art, and from frescoes to photography. This stunning contribution to wallpaper’s current revival offers a comprehensive review of a savoir faire that continues to thrive.
Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz—an antiques dealer specializing in the decorative arts—has studied the history of artisanal wallpapers for twenty years, establishing herself as a renowned expert in this little-explored area. She divides her time between Paris and New York.