Surface Printing

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Surface press dating back to 1895

Invented in the 1840’s, Surface Printing is the oldest form of machine printing and creates a hand printed effect. Surface designs print wet and dry slowly, giving graphic patterns richness and dimension.

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Surface designs print wet; notice multiple troughs of paint.

America’s oldest wallpaper manufacturer, York runs modern print presses alongside Surface presses dating to 1895, the year of York’s founding. Having saved Surface Printing from obsolescence, York’s five Surface presses are tended with great care, and replacement parts are found through a single source in England, the birthplace of Surface Printing.

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A true labor of love, requiring the expertise of craftsmen who hone their skills the old-fashioned way: through on-the-job apprenticeships.

Surface Prints’ painterly allure is earned through a true labor of love, requiring the expertise of craftsmen who hone their skills the old-fashioned way: through on-the-job apprenticeships. With truly expert eyes, craftsmen like Color Mixer Dave Cassel can precisely match a 12-color wallpaper to its original artwork in a single try; then mix each pigment by hand, unaided by a computer.

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Color Mixer Dave Cassel can precisely match a 12-color wallpaper to its original artwork in a single try.

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Precisely matched pigment by hand, unaided by a computer.

Want to see up close and personal the richness and definition this painting-like process creates? Check out our Tree Shadow Wallpaper; order a sample, and see for yourself! More info on our website can be found here. And, Tree Shadow Wallpaper is only one example, we sell many patterns created using this historic process. As always, give us a call if we can help you more: 866.444.0495. We’d love to hear from you!

The lovely Tree Shadow Wallpaper. Created using the Surface Printing process.

The lovely Tree Shadow Wallpaper. Created using the Surface Printing process.

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