Last edited 12 Apr 2021



[edit] Introduction

Anaglypta is a type of thick, textured wallpaper introduced during Victorian times. It can be applied to ceilings as well as walls.

Anaglypta is also the name of a specific brand of wallpaper. In Greek, the word ‘Anaglypta’ means raised cameo.

Another type of analgypta is a cove cornice that bridges corners and hides cracks in ceilings. This type of cove cornice does not have a raised edge.

Anaglypta is supplied by the roll and resembles a roll of moulded cardboard. It can be cut to lengths as required, with no joins. It is fixed by a special adhesive which takes some time to set. During this time, it can be held in place by panel pins until the adhesive sets. This usually takes about 24 hours.

[edit] History

Anaglypta is often compared to another type of deeply-embossed speciality wallpaper introduced in 1877 and known as Lincrusta, which was based on a linoleum floor covering introduced in 1860. Both the floor covering and wallpaper were invented by Frederick Walton.

In 1887, the competing product, Anaglypta was introduced. It was based on a paper embossing process developed by Thomas Palmer.

[edit] Fabrication

Made with a linen backing, Lincrusta was stiff but washable and ornate. It was often used in royal homes, railway carriages and other high profile buildings including the White House and The Winchester Mystery House. Modern Lincrusta is made from a gelled paste of linseed oil and wood flour.

By contrast, Anaglypta was more flexible since it was made from wood pulp and cotton. Modern Anaglypta is made from paper. Some types of anaglypta expand when pasted onto the wall.

Both Anaglypta and Lincrusta are meant to be painted over with oil-based or water-based paints.

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