Enter the Dazzling World of Wallpaper With This Retro Video

Shaunacy Ferro

This 1968 film from the archives of British Pathé takes you through two wallpaper factories in the UK, showing off the artistry and machinery that went into the infinitely repeating designs of yesteryear.

First etched into large wood blocks, these intricate patterns could be printed on wallpaper, curtains, upholstery, and more. The process led to the “everything-must-match-everything-else era” of the 1960s (as the narrator describes it), because hey, if you like a pattern, why not put it on every single surface of your house?

A different video from 1963 provides a closer look at the pattern-making process:

If you’re really into wallpaper, consider rifling through the digital version of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s wallcoverings collection—the largest of its kind in the United States.

[h/t John Brownlee]

Banner image via YouTube.