Style: Early 20th century pochoir wallpaper samples

These images come from 1920s pochoir pattern books, originally owned by the University of Michigan Architecture Library. Pochoir is the French word for stencil, and prior to modern printing technology, it was a major way that full color information was disseminated, particularly in the fashion and interiors industries. The patterns were designed to be used in a variety of ways, including textiles and wall coverings. Architecture students would have used the patterns reproduced in the books to complete their architectural assignments. 


Doug Jones. "Style." December 3, 2019. Pixel Technique Piece.

The image above has pink and purple flower-like shapes with red circle at their centers. The background of the piece is green and black lines that are not perfectly linear, instead they feature organic and irregular lines. 

It was created by attendees at the 2019 Ann Arbor Summer Festival. 

You can find information about the original inspiration for this piece in the University of Michigan Library catalog.

Red Road: Early 20th century pochoir wallpaper samples

Vertical Waves: Early 20th century pochoir wallpaper samples