About - How


How do I buy this cool wallpaper I just found? 

Our wallpaper inventory can be purchased in four different ways:

  • As unmounted remnants, cut to your length specifications, for you to mount, use or present in any way you like, using your own framing sources or creative ideas
  • As custom-made, ready-to-hang artworks that we have already mounted and framed to beautifully enhance and display each individual paper selection to fabulous effect
  • As the starting point for you to discover a paper that knocks your socks off, and we collaborate to create a custom-designed presentation that is tailored to your taste and setting
  • As one or more partial or complete rolls, to be installed new on a feature wall, around the ceiling of a room, over the wainscot and plate rail in a dining room, etc.

We also build our papers into custom room dividers and folding screens, just like they did back in the day. These are stunning pieces of collectible furniture that are both functional and beautiful, and they make spectacular vehicles for antique paper. Call or email us if this is something that sounds like it might have a place in your home or project.

How are your papers priced? 

Ah yes, that is the $190/sf question, isn’t it?

We grade each of our papers on a scale of 1 to 10, then they are priced by the square foot and sold by the single full repeat. Each grade has a square foot price that is about 20-25% greater than the grade below it. Our cheapest papers can be less than $20/sf, while our finest examples can exceed $200/sf. We do discount for condition when applicable.

How do you produce your ready-to-hang and custom artworks? 

All of our ready-to-hang pieces are produced in close collaboration with our trusted local partners for fine art framing. Bo and Gwen personally select every paper, design every treatment, choose every mat and frame, and specify every mounting detail, to craft stunningly artful and thoughtful presentations that are intended to complement and enhance each individual paper.

Our framing partners are equally passionate about our papers, embrace our most demanding challenges, are meticulous in their execution, and we all stand firmly behind our work. Together we welcome your most creative and inspired visions for personalized presentation of our wallpapers.

How do I mount and frame a paper I buy from you? 

Here are some basic guidelines for using our loose papers to create your own custom artworks:

  • We think our papers look best when dry-mounted to sturdy, acid-free backer boards, trimmed closely to their edges, and then with that board mounted onto a decorative mat with a bit of stand-off.
  • We do not recommend wet-mounting our papers for wall presentation.
  • Glass is a great way to protect your paper AND it also creates a visual obstacle between you and the remarkable surface quality of your artifact that can detract from its beauty – we are ambivalent about it, carefully considering where to use it and where not to.
  • If you decide to use glass, we highly recommend UV-filtering and glare-reducing “museum glass” – the extra cost is worth every penny. 
  • Our papers can be loosely hinged behind glass, but keep in mind that many have been rolled up for more than a century, and even after our carefully developed flattening process these papers can have some memory and begin to curl again.
  • We’ve tried to use less expensive mat boards and frames, but have found without exception that our papers simply look best with the nicer fabric, suede and metallic surface mats, and with real wood frames.
  • We always trim mats after mounting the paper, rather than trying to get the paper to be a perfect fit before mounting. A back-bevel cut can emphasize the thin character of the paper while providing edge support.
  • Some papers with rough but not extensively damaged edges can be mounted to a backer board that is slightly smaller than the paper, easing the challenge of dealing with an uneven paper edge while allowing the paper to be perfectly flat and also appear to float in its full paper thinness above the surface of the base mat.
  • Some antique papers can be very brittle and tear easily, especially along their cut edges. Always handle your papers with extreme care and support them when lifting or moving them. Avoid touching them with oily or dirty fingers, and keep work surfaces clean and free of things the papers can snag on.
How do you pack and ship? 

All of our papers and custom pieces are carefully packed and shipped in the way that best fits each product type. This may be a flat pack, a box or a crate.  It may go via UPS, FedEx, United States Postal Service, or travel by common carrier.

The cost of standard shipping within the US is included in our product price for most products, which is to say that standard shipping is "free". For higher value framed and custom artwork, special handling procedures are required and therefore these products do have shipping fees associated with them. For any product that requires special handling, this is noted on the product page and you will need to contact us so that we can provide a custom quote based on your location and delivery requirements.

We charge pass through costs for expedited and international shipping-please contact us for a shipping quote if you require either of these types of shipping.

If you have specific shipping preferences, please let us know. 

How do you handle returns? 

Our Return Policy is addressed in great detail here.