“We found these in the basement of our house,” said the young couple, dropping two boxes of old wallpaper down in front of me… “Want to buy them?”
Deeply embossed and gorgeously colored, these rolls looked just like tooled leather with rich metallic highlights and hand-brushed stain finishes that took my breath away. That was my introduction, almost two decades ago, to the work of M.H. Birge & Sons of Buffalo, New York, and to the world of late-Victorian and early-20th-century American wallpapers.
I believe that the stunning beauty, and often startling creativity, found in the rare survivors presented here holds a little something for everyone – and I hope your heart will beat just a little faster when you discover the one that sparks your awe and passion.
Bo Sullivan Portland, Oregon