Lesson 1 – Damask Wallpaper Design

Damask Wallpaper

There are a number of designs styles that have been used over the years for wallcoverings designs. Here are just a few:

  • Damask – which is very popular currently
  • Ogee – classic curves more recently used in retro styles and
  • Acanthus – based on the Mediterranean species of the Acanthus genus of plants.

Lesson 1 – Wallpaper design with Damask

Let us start with a quick history of damask. Then we feature a collection of wallcovering designs to view so you can better understand the options available when you asked about a Damask Wallcovering.

Damask, named after the city Damascus, is a form of a pattern created by weaving. Woven using one warp yarn and one weft yarn, it is the contrast between these two yarns creates a pattern.  White table cloths, bedspreads, curtains and upholstery often make use of damask designs.

Originally damasks were made of silk in the European Middle Ages. Later the term covered other types of patterned fabrics regardless of the fibre. The invention of the Jacquard loom in 1801 simplified the manufacturing process of complex patterns such as brocade and damask.

While weaving has a physical limitation with wallcoverings the designs are only limited by the designers ability to create and which printing process is selected. With this comes metallic inks, bright and solid contrasts, textured or not, aged and shabby chic or contemporary tone on tone, with or without extra stripes – to cover only a few of the options when you print a damask.

So here are just some options:


Holden Damask with an Ogee look


Damask – Tone on Tone Classic Room Setting


Damask Wallcovering – Dark / Light Contrast Room Setting


Note: some of the following patterns are discontinued however the designs give you more damask styles.

These designs come from a variety of manufacturers and  if you wish to check out more designs stroll over to our featured collections pages. Or if you wish to know more check out damask at Wikipedia.

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13 thoughts on “Lesson 1 – Damask Wallpaper Design”

  1. I’m also interested in a damask wallpaper with turquoise/dark grey accents. I’m out of California (92592) could you tell me if I can buy it locally of if it can be shipped internationally?

    Many thanks,

  2. Hi,

    I want to know where I can find the wallpaper in turquoise and grey with Damask. The name Under the picture is Holden Damask with an Ogee look. I love this wallpaper and I want this !!!!!!

    I’m come from Québec, Canada.

    Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Vanessa, You may have noticed that this blog about damask wallpapers is not that new so this particular design has been discontinued. Our supplier is in the UK and they do have other pattern books we don’t have here in Australia. I am not sure if they have a dealer in Canada. I had a quick look at the website for you but could not see anything exactly the same. You could contact them directly for help about Canadian dealers. http://www.holdendecor.co.uk
      Hope this helps!

  3. Hi Tammy,
    Unfortunately this particular design is now discontinued however there are loaded of damask designs around as this is very popular currently. If you are based in Australia you can check out our retailers. Here is a link that will help locate them. http://rosewall.com.au/blog/find-a-retailer/

    Shop do vary with which pattern books they have but you can check out ideas first before visiting them by looking at the featured pattern books area as these link to the manufacturers site so there is a large variety. http://rosewall.com.au/blog/featured-collections/

          1. Tammy, I needed to get back to the office to check pattern book availablility with the shops closest to you. Hopefully you can visit one of these and ask to see the pattern book Accents. It has a grey cover I think.
            3D Inspirations Launceston
            208 York St
            LAUNCESTON TAS 7250

            3D Inspirations Cooee*
            34D Bass Highway
            COOEE TAS 7320

            3D Inspirations Devonport*
            45 Don Road
            DEVONPORT TAS 7310
            Hope this helps. Fran

  4. I am wondering where I can purchase the Holden damask ogre look design in wall paper.cheers tammy

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