Although this fact may be surprising to many, the Emerald Isle was a force to be reckoned with in the wallpaper world of the 18th century. Paper staining, as it was called during this period, was very much a growing concern in Dublin and Cork, Ireland. Beautiful papers to rival those of the continent began to be printed in Ireland in the 1st quarter of the 18th century (indeed one of the first stainers in the U.S. was from County Cork).

Featuring patterns from their Great Houses of Ireland collection, David Skinner Wallpaper makes these high quality historic Irish papers available once again. Since 1992, David Skinner has been Ireland's leading specialist in wallpaper conservation and reproduction, working to preserve rare and fragile examples of early wallpapers in Ireland, USA and Europe.

All patterns are fully documented, completely customizable and printed by hand, on hand painted grounds, to order. They are printed in the standard European format of 21 inches wide by 11 yards long. Each roll covers approximately 55 square feet. This is nearly the equivalent of an American double roll.

Any pattern from theGreat Houses of Ireland collection may be custom colored to the client's specifications. David Skinner Wallpaper is also able to match to fabric samples and commercial paint color swatches.
A late victorian Damask.
Ca. 1870, From the Countess of Ormonde's bedroom in Kilkenny Castle.
Birr Damask
Ca. 1870, Adapted from a woven linen anging in Birr Castle, County Offaly.
Ca. 1810, from the library at Strokestown Park, County Roscommon.
Ca.1790, pattern found in the bedroom of a house in County Cork.
Ca. 1870, an 'Arts and Crafts' pattern based on the shamrock.
Ca. 1860
Ca. 1830, A small damask from the Viceregal, Peoenix Park, Dublin.
Ca. 1840, A late Georgian pattern found in Woodstock House, in County Wicklow.
Ca. 1860, Document from a sitting room in Muckross House used by queen Victoria during her visit to Killarney in 1861.
Ca. 1990. A design by David Skinner.
Eustace St
Ca. 18th Century
Ca. 18th Century, Discovered during restoration work on Belvedere House, County West Meath.
Ca. 19th Century
Ca. 1795, borders and corner pieces from the saloon of Clongowes Wood in County Kildare.
Late Georgian Gothic Style with documents found in Malahide Castle and elsewhere.
Ca. 1820, An informal pattern found in Fota House, County Cork.


Ca. 1820, from the drawing room at Lissadell, County Silgo

Ca. 1838, From the dining room of Dromore Castle, County Kerry. Designed by Thomas Deane in the 1830's.
Ca. 18th Century, Discovered in a house in County Offaly..
Ca. 18th Century, Typical of the large-scale flock papers used i.n eighteenth-century drawing rooms
Pheonix Toile
Ca. 2006, David Skinner's own adaptation, based on an Irish linen printed in 1783 by Edward Clarke of Palmerstown, Dublin.

Henrietta St
Ca. 18th Century, Found during the restoration of Number 10, Henrietta Street, Dublin.

Ca. 1820, From Narrowwater Castle, County Down.

Kildare Star
Ca. 1998, David Skinner's own adaptation.
Ca. 1680, Found in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin.
Ca. 1999, David Skinner's own adaptation, of a design by William Morris.
Borders and Corners

Newbridge Border (Ca. 1860)

A double-printed border used with the Viceroy pattern. Available in 2 colourways.

Fota Border

Edenderry (Ca. 1840)

A narrow scroll border used with the Edenderry  pattern. Available in 2 colourways.

Henrietta Street (Ca. 1770)

A double-flocked border discovered at number 10 Henrietta Street. It was used with blue-painted walls.

Clongowes (Ca. 1795)

New Ross Border (Ca. 1795)