For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has given us the word “wallpaper” to work with. This reminded me of when we purchased a 100 year old Queen Anne Victorian house when we lived in Massachusetts back in the 80s and 90s. It was a bit of a fixer-upper, and nearly every room in the house, including the kitchen and the bathrooms, had wallpaper on the walls.
Neither my wife nor I are big fans of wallpaper, and so we commenced the tedious task of removing the old wallpaper. But much to our chagrin, we discovered that most walls had multiple layers of wallpaper. In some cases, three or even four layers.
As we peeled and scraped these layers of wallpaper from every room in the house, we made a fascinating discovery. The oldest (and, therefore, the original) layer of wallpaper in a few of the rooms was a toile (or twall) pattern. Toile patterns, like the one in the image below, typically have a highly detailed, repeated pattern depicting a pastoral or natural scene, most involving people and/or animals.
I thought it was really interesting to see the kinds of wallpapers that had been applied to the walls of our Victorian era home, but I thought that the toile paper was really cool. I wasn’t able to save any of the toile wallpaper, but I told my wife that we should see if we could find vintage toile pattern wallpaper to apply to our walls.
She said no.