Although this fact may be surprising to many, the Emerald Isle was a force to be reckoned with in the wallpaper world of the 18th century. Paper staining, as it was called during this period, was very much a growing concern in Dublin and Cork, Ireland. Beautiful papers to rival those of the continent began to be printed in Ireland in the 1st quarter of the 18th century (indeed one of the first stainers in the U.S. was from County Cork).

Featuring patterns from their Great Houses of Ireland collection, David Skinner Wallpaper makes these high quality historic Irish papers available once again. Since 1992, David Skinner has been Ireland's leading specialist in wallpaper conservation and reproduction, working to preserve rare and fragile examples of early wallpapers in Ireland, USA and Europe.

All patterns are fully documented, completely customizable and printed by hand, on hand painted grounds, to order. They are printed in the standard European format of 21 inches wide by 11 yards long. Each roll covers approximately 55 square feet. This is nearly the equivalent of an American double roll.

Any pattern from theGreat Houses of Ireland collection may be custom colored to the client's specifications. David Skinner Wallpaper is also able to match to fabric samples and commercial paint color swatches.
 
Wallpapers
Mornington
A late victorian Damask.
Kilkenny
Ca. 1870, From the Countess of Ormonde's bedroom in Kilkenny Castle.
Birr Damask
Ca. 1870, Adapted from a woven linen anging in Birr Castle, County Offaly.
Strokestown
Ca. 1810, from the library at Strokestown Park, County Roscommon.
Ballinterry
Ca.1790, pattern found in the bedroom of a house in County Cork.
Fota
Ca. 1870, an 'Arts and Crafts' pattern based on the shamrock.
Ardmore
Ca. 1860
Viceroy
Ca. 1830, A small damask from the Viceregal, Peoenix Park, Dublin.
Edenderry
Ca. 1840, A late Georgian pattern found in Woodstock House, in County Wicklow.
Muckross
Ca. 1860, Document from a sitting room in Muckross House used by queen Victoria during her visit to Killarney in 1861.
Humbert
Ca. 1990. A design by David Skinner.
Eustace St
Ca. 18th Century
Belvedere
Ca. 18th Century, Discovered during restoration work on Belvedere House, County West Meath.
Coolattin
Aboretum
Ca. 19th Century
Clongowes
Ca. 1795, borders and corner pieces from the saloon of Clongowes Wood in County Kildare.
Malahide
Late Georgian Gothic Style with documents found in Malahide Castle and elsewhere.
Dorothea
Ca. 1820, An informal pattern found in Fota House, County Cork.

Lissadell

Ca. 1820, from the drawing room at Lissadell, County Silgo

Dromore
Ca. 1838, From the dining room of Dromore Castle, County Kerry. Designed by Thomas Deane in the 1830's.
Lakefield
Ca. 18th Century, Discovered in a house in County Offaly..
Gandon
Ca. 18th Century, Typical of the large-scale flock papers used i.n eighteenth-century drawing rooms
Pheonix Toile
Ca. 2006, David Skinner's own adaptation, based on an Irish linen printed in 1783 by Edward Clarke of Palmerstown, Dublin.

Henrietta St
Ca. 18th Century, Found during the restoration of Number 10, Henrietta Street, Dublin.

Narrowwater
Ca. 1820, From Narrowwater Castle, County Down.

Kildare Star
Ca. 1998, David Skinner's own adaptation.
Kilmainham
Ca. 1680, Found in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin.
Tulip
Ca. 1999, David Skinner's own adaptation, of a design by William Morris.
Borders and Corners

Newbridge Border (Ca. 1860)

A double-printed border used with the Viceroy pattern. Available in 2 colourways.

Fota Border


Edenderry (Ca. 1840)

A narrow scroll border used with the Edenderry  pattern. Available in 2 colourways.

Henrietta Street (Ca. 1770)

A double-flocked border discovered at number 10 Henrietta Street. It was used with blue-painted walls.

Clongowes (Ca. 1795)

New Ross Border (Ca. 1795)