Anaglypta: Hard to Say, But It Looks Great on Walls

Anaglypta: Hard to Say, But It Looks Great on Walls

Jess Watson
Jul 29, 2010

Yesterday, we touched on two of our favorite character building details in homes — decorative plaster and beadboard. I'd like to add Anaglypta to that list! Its raised designs add subtle texture and detail not seen with typical wallpapers or wall treatments.

Anaglypta was invented in the 1880s as an alternative to Lincrusta, a washable but rigid wallcovering. Made of wood pulp and cotton, Anaglypta was of a lighter weight and much more flexible. It is prevalent in many old San Franciscan Victorians since it was invented around the time many were being built. While we don't see it as often today, it is still being produced by the Anaglypta company with imprinted designs to fit every architectural style.

It is a beautiful alternative to beadboard because it is thick enough that it is able to hide blemishes in walls and also readily takes paint. While there are now more modern designs, we tend to love the more traditional styles like the pattern shown above that graces the hallway of


Have you had any experience with this embossed, paintable wall covering?

Image credit: Jessica Watson

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