Wallpaper @ Victoria & Albert Museum

Updated: Jan 10, 2019

16 November 2018


Visiting V&A museum importantly had my focus on "wallpapers" to know its history, diversity and this is one of the trends that began in 19th century to be now seen as a sens of self expression and as an extension of personality, status in different culture and nations differently.

The museum contains a vast collection of wallpapers as well oriental art. V&A began collecting wallpapers from its foundation and has one of the finest collection in the world when wallpapers has often started disappearing from historic records.



wallpaper design at V&A - of William Morris and some including Islamic, Chinese and Indian art.

In the Museum I had explored the fascinating black and white patterns, 18th century Indian , Islamic folk designs of textiles, tiles, manuscripts, artifacts and Chinese hand prints . with the constant privilege to wallpaper in art and design world, I have found in wallpaper & patterns a useful way of creating a complete environment for other elements in my work. this was particularly of interest to myself as I grew up in the world around miniature painting which I have witnessed artists still following the traditional folk art. Everything is not directly related to my art practice but each historic valuable objects has accelerated me to inspire and make work. I was not only interested in the aestheticism rather even for its painterly finish (as things were mostly handmade in history) and colors on Vases, tiles, books, wall jalis, jewellery, textiles, carpet specifically within Asian section of the museum.

William Morris - designer of patterns, his wallpaper designs could be found throughout the museum as it started with a commission to decorate V&A interiors. Morris was the finest example for a huge range of works concentrating on innovating British style pattern in wallpaper, textile. the patterns largely demonstrate a close observation with nature in his designs. I n the Morris room at V&A, the intricate designs on the ceiling was covered with a lot of geometric patterns, floral arabesques. the room also conceived windows in stain glasses and a beautiful deep forest green colour over the paneling.

The fact is that I love nature and so do I love interiors and Morris work designs always features naturalistic imagery of flowers, leaves, birds with integrity that id ultimately used to decorate wall in interiors.

What more interesting is Morris has inspired modern art studies, to looking back and learn about what has gone before and to bring in work is stimulating and encouraging to work on.