Going Dutch

Going Dutch

 

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This neat and attractive wallpaper and border, perhaps from around the turn of the twentieth century, was uncovered during the restoration of the home of a leading Dutch building contractor specialising in conservation and restoration. Something about the pattern has a particular yet undefinable European quality – it is not simply the 18-inch width of the paper that tells you it was not made in England. The paper has a curious flecked background pattern which  we approached with some trepidation, as it required absolute consistency of print quality, and the tiny flecks seemed bound to clog up quickly on the screen. Despite our fears ( and thanks to the addition of a judicious dose of retarder to the ink) the printing went perfectly and the results happily met the client’s exacting standards.

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