We have brought together a selection of wallpapers that give a nod to the past, organised by era and the patterns typical of each. A veritable treasure trove for anyone looking for historical wallpapers.
Old-fashioned wallpapers from the Anno collection.
Wallpapers can well and truly tell a story, and their patterns can transport you back in time. Thanks to our extensive wallpaper archive, we can breathe new life into historic patterns, lovingly updating them with new colourways and printing techniques. Our Anno wallpaper collection is a treasure trove of old-fashioned wallpapers in new prints, based on original patterns found in everything from palaces and country estates to simpler homes all over Sweden.
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The word “Renaissance” means “rebirth”, and refers to the renewed interest in antiquity that reached Sweden in the 1500s. The style is ornate, with embellishments and frills. In renaissance patterns absolute symmetry was the ideal, as embodied by the Rosenvinge pattern.
ROCOCO AND THE GUSTAVIAN STYLE
These styles are characterised by free, playful forms that don’t need to adhere to a strict regularity. In wallpaper patterns, the trellis form often makes an appearance. Colours are light and bright, and have a clear natural influence. Linné and Tessin are typical Rococo wallpapers.
EMPIRE AND ECLECTICISM
The empire style is characterised by classical forms, and features triumphal arches and columns embellished by ornaments, preferably gilded. Eclecticism is exactly what it sounds like: a mix of a range of different styles, inspired by decorative motifs from previous eras.
Art Nouveau is considered the first modern style. Meaning “new art” in French, the style is recognisable by its organic, lush, aspirational forms. Plants and flowers are often depicted.
MODERNISM & ART DECO
Modernism is marked by simple, stylised, geometric shapes and patterns. The Art Deco style was a reaction to the scaled-back ideals of modernism, using the forms of the latter, but in a more decorative, glamorous and life-affirming way.