We've been searching off-and-on for months for a faux brick wallcovering to match one in the building we work in. It seems to be made from a thick molded, compressed paper, and was most likely installed sometime in the 1950s. It's a brilliant match for the real brick on the facing wall, and because they are both painted a beautiful gray, it's impossible to tell the real from the faux without actually touching it... In response to a post from earlier in August, (and the subsequent tide of vehement "no faux" comments!), while faux raw brick may read as tacky, faux painted brick can read as anything but! These Vacuform panels from Rose Brand are almost exactly what we've been searching for: Lightweight, easily installed, and easily painted, these could be the perfect solution for someone who wants the texture of brick in a home lacking the actual material.
Vacuform is used primarily for sets and displays, and does not come in solid panels, but rather thin sheets molded to look like brick, with hollows on the backside. Because of this, it is not ideal for walls where art or shelving would be hung; however, strategic placement of anchors and hooks would be possible if placed in the shallowest recesses of the plastic. While not cheap (a 4'x12' panel will run you around $135), it costs about as much as a good wallpaper, and is much easier to cut and install yourself.