Ashlar

Ashlar

Brief description
'Ashlar' wallpapersample, designed by Edward Bawden, c.1930
Dimensions
height: 570mm
width: 555mm
Organisation
Curwen Press
Person
Bawden, Edward
labelText
This is sophisticated and subtle wallpaper by Edward Bawden. The repeat pattern is based upon bricks and a retreating wall effect, which would give a room a rather surreal effect when applied. Bawden certainly played with many different influences in his wallpaper designs but they are all characterized by humour and a playful approach to decoration that comes out of his illustrative work the Curwen Press and others. Most contemporary homes in the 1930s would have been wallpapered with a floral or geometric pattern, or with a raised Lincrusta paper and a brightly coloured border. It is interesting that despite the modernists' love of minimalist spaces, they approved of 'artistic' wallpapers and textiles like Bawden's.
Date
ca. 1930
Type
wall covering
Name
SW2243