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The Beauty of Block Printing – Discover our new range of wallpapers

October 2020  |  General

New to our collections is a range of beautiful, hand-block printed wallpapers. Formed of five distinct patterns, the collection is derived from never-before-seen archive designs, highlighting an array of historical influences. Each have been traditionally block-printed in the UK, using techniques that date back to the seventeenth century.

Gainsborough’s in-house team of designers worked meticulously with block print experts to create carefully reconstructed versions of these outstanding archive designs. Each pattern section and colour required an individual block print to be carved. For more complex designs such as Lace Brocade, which includes the use of ten different colours, two printing blocks were used per colour. On completion of a single roll this pattern would have passed through the printer’s hands over twenty times!

It’s this handcrafted nature that ensures each roll of wallpaper exudes quality and a stand-out depth of colour. The natural matt finish of the paper also retains the raised texture of the print.

Discover the collection designs and colourway options below. You can also contact our team on or +44 (0)1787 372081 for pricing and further information.

The Lace Brocade pattern was created and hand-painted by our Founder, Reginald Warner in the early 1900’s. The design is a recreation of a much earlier 18th century French Brocade. With prettily coloured flowers and flowing lace ribbon detailing, Lace Brocade adds a soft, gentle touch to interiors.

This beautiful Regency style stripe is effortlessly elegant. The flowing pattern of Daisy Chain has an organic feel and is printed in a choice of earthy colour schemes.

A lively design featuring Art Nouveau style flora and playful lines, Continuous was created from an original hand painted artwork dating back to the mid-20th century.

A contemporary interpretation of the traditional damasks Gainsborough is widely known for, Melford Damask captures the essence of a hand painted design with layers of block printed colour.

The juxtaposition of ‘organic structure’ is captured effortlessly in Tudor Trellis. With a painterly quality, a traditional trellis style and a striking floral motif, it is reminiscent of Tudor design and holds a wealth of visual interest.

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