It was in Lancashire in the North of England that the true and lasting method of wallpaper printing was pioneered.

1838 was the year that Charles Potter with the help of his brother Harold and Walmsley Preston, a former machine printer, who had an impressively innovative and technical mind, applied themselves to adapting the principals of the Calico printing machine to the requirements of wallpaper production. Creating the revolutionary Surface Print machine.

The invention by Charles Potter is such a wonderful story that we thought it should be celebrated. That's why we're called 1838 Wallcoverings!


With over 4 generations of wallpaper printing experience, we are proud to be producing luxury wallpaper at our factory in Lancashire, in the North of England, an area which boasts a proud heritage of wallpaper printing.

Whilst the core elements of our heritage are still there through exquisite design and unparalleled craftsmanship and product, we have taken a bold and fresh new point of view in producing collections to inspire and delight beautiful interiors.

On occasion, designs are carefully selected from our wallpaper archive, reimagined and recoloured for our latest collections, ensuring the character of the original document is maintained.


Beautiful painterly florals, opulent trailing leaves, textured metallic stripes and eye-catching geometrics all enriched with a sophisticated palette of lustrous tones of coral, green, blue and golds taking inspiration from the Victorian Glasshouse trend. Perfect for a chic contemporary interior.

The Avington collection draws inspiration from English stately homes, with rich gold tones, soft earthy hues, warm neutrals and striking deep blues. The seven exquisite designs in the Avington collection incorporate matt and shine qualities to add instant drama to any room.

The Rosemore collection comprises a selection of soft leaf trails, rambling rose florals, hazy woodland scenes and sophisticated scroll damasks. Inspired by English country gardens with soft tones and subtle textures to provide a touch of tranquillity to your interior.


All of our collections are designed with customers in mind and are available in a range of designs, styles, colourways and coordinates.

As we manufacture all our wallpaper collections at our own factory we have the capability to blend traditional knowledge and experience with cutting edge designs and innovation for a contemporary feel.

1838 Wallcoverings are created to last, are a paste the wall product, making them easy to hang.

All our inks and papers are environmentally friendly.

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