WALLPAPER

WALLPAPER

The road for wallpaper has been a long one - about 508 years long actually - the earliest sample dates back to 1509.  It first gained popularity in the 1700s as an affordable alternative to the expensive tapestries donning the walls of the social elites in England.  Henry VIII's split with the Catholic Church bolstered that popularity when wealthy Brits found they could no longer import the tapestries from Europe, and the manufacture of wallpaper quickly became a booming domestic industry.  Though it wasn't smooth sailing yet - during the mid 1650s wallpaper was viewed as "frivolous" by the Puritan government and manufacturing was halted for SIX YEARS.  Then during the reign of Queen Anne, a "wallpaper tax" was imposed as England pushed to make it a valuable export - causing the trend to spread all over Europe.  Eventually, of course, it made its way to America, and in the 80s and 90s, WE RUINED IT.  If you had asked me 10 years ago if I would ever put wallpaper in my house I would have looked at you the same way I look at moldy food in my fridge.  But in recent years wallpaper has taken on a new life.  When it comes to the interior design world, it's everywhere - many designers and artists have their own collections, which quickly sell out.  Lucky for us this trend has even reached the pet world - so give a big thanks to the English and their distaste for plain walls as we present to you seven of the finest wallpapers we've ever seen: 

AIMEE WILDER SHADOWCAT

BEST IN SHOW FROM OSBORNE & LITTLE

SHAINA FISHMAN

SHAINA FISHMAN

BUILT-INS FOR PETS

BUILT-INS FOR PETS

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