Berthold Löffler
Austrian, 1874 - 1960
Wallpaper design, c. 1908

image:   H. 35 x W. 19 1/2 in.
sheet:   H. 41 1/2 x W. 26 in.

Like textile designs, wallpapers consist of repeating patterns on a two-dimensional surface. Although fabrics served as wall coverings for centuries, heavy papers did not come into wide use until the late 16th century. And although wallpaper design was integral to the English Arts and Crafts movement, it was taken up rather slowly by the Austrians, who considered paper wall coverings lower class. Nonetheless, all of the Wiener Werkstätte artists who created textiles also designed wallpapers. This sheet by Berthold Löffler features stylized berries and tulips, and would have been a convenient and inexpensive way for someone to achieve a Wiener Werkstätte interior.