The MUSEO collection takes you on a journey through time that starts just after the French Revolution in 1790 and ends in 1900, the year that points the way into our modern age. Simple, two-tone patterns from the early days of wallpaper printing (1790) are represented here alongside details from a panoramic wallcovering (1822) or enchanting motifs from the mother-of-pearl wallcoverings from the factory of Carl Herting, which were so famous in those days (around 1860).
The stately motifs founded in historicism that were created by the Parisian wallcovering manufacturer Paul Balin show particular virtuosity. During its time, the “Paul Balin” company was one of the most outstanding producers of style and material imitations. Its owner managed to make it look as if paper had been transformed into tiles, silk, leather or brocade velvet and thus perfect the illusion of material.