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was used in Europe in the 16th and 17th cent. as an inexpensive substitute for costly hangings. The French developed marbled papers, introduced from the East via Italy and used at first for box coverings, into larger sheets for wall coverings and also made other papers in small designs. Outlines were block-printed, and the color was filled in with brush or stencil. The flock technique of printing designs with an adhesive and sprinkling with fine bits of wool or silk was probably first adapted to wallpaper c.1620 in France, but by the 18th cent. England had become the principal manufacturer. Sets of painted Chinese paper were imported in the 17th cent. and by the 18th had become highly popular and were widely imitated. In France, Jean Papillon established in 1688 the first large wallpaper factory, where he made matching designs that would be continuous when pasted. In the 18th cent. paper was glued into continuous rolls before printing. Wallpaper was manufactured in the American colonies from the mid-18th cent. Colonial homes displayed various scenic and pictorial papers, often with tropical themes. The mid-19th cent. brought modern printing on roll paper, mass production, and decadence in design. The English Pre-Raphaelite artists, particularly William MorrisMorris, William,
1834–96, English poet, artist, craftsman, designer, social reformer, and printer. He has long been considered one of the great Victorians and has been called the greatest English designer of the 19th cent.
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, promoted a renaissance in wallpaper designs, and the 20th cent. has seen its fulfillment in England, France, and the United States. American designers have revived interest in landscape papers and have greatly developed frieze and panel papers through the medium of hand block printing.
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Wallpaper

A decorative wall and ceiling finish composed of printed sheets glued to the surface; wood pulp paper was the kind first used.
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What does it mean when you dream about wallpaper?

A dream that focuses on wallpaper could be calling attention to the surface appearance of something, or our attempts to cover something up.

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wallpaper

[′wȯl‚pā·pər]
(computer science)
The design or image used as a computer monitor background.
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wallpaper

Paper, or paper-like material, usually decorated in colors, which is pasted or otherwise affixed to walls or ceilings of rooms.
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wallpaper

(1)
A file containing a listing (e.g. assembly listing) or a transcript, especially a file containing a transcript of all or part of a login session. (The idea was that the paper for such listings was essentially good only for wallpaper, as evidenced at Stanford, where it was used to cover windows).

The term is now rare, especially since other systems have developed other terms for it (e.g. PHOTO on TWENEX). However, the Unix world doesn't have an equivalent term, so perhaps wallpaper will take hold there. The term probably originated on ITS, where the commands to begin and end transcript files were ":WALBEG" and ":WALEND", with default file "WALL PAPER" (the space was a path delimiter).

wallpaper

(2)
The background pattern used on graphical workstations under the Microsoft Windows graphical user interface to MS-DOS.
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wallpaper

A pattern or picture used to represent the desktop surface in a graphical user interface (GUI). Also called the "background," many wallpaper options come with each operating system, such as a single image or random images from one of the user's folders. Smartphones also allow a variety of backgrounds to be used on the home screens.

Live Wallpaper
Live wallpaper renders some moving object or continuous scene change for people who like the glitz of animation. However, in a portable device, live wallpaper is a battery drain.

Why Cover a Desktop with Wallpaper?
Years ago, someone who had too many sleepless nights programming must have thought it a great analogy because a screen desktop is vertical like a wall. Starting with Windows XP, Microsoft decided to end the mystery and just call it "Background." See desktop and screen saver.
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Nina Tarnowski, founder of Lancashire-based specialist wallpaper company, Woodchip & Magnolia (woodchipandmagnolia.co.uk), said: "This is the year to fill your home with bold prints and pattern - and wall coverings are the perfect way to get maximum impact.
Additionally, the wallpaper allows covering of the visible flaws on the wall that are difficult to mask by paint.
Create your own wallpapers using Photoshop: You can download the Photoshop app for iPhone and create your own wallpaper to hide the notch.
Only three days after the wallpapers were placed, Simbul said the kids have become more playful and happier.
When you download wallo you get a chance to download UHD wallpapers and set over 10000 ringtones for free.
The new version of Wallpaper Updater was fully tested on Windows 10, also it includes installer and user interface enhancements.
In kitchens and bathrooms, the humidity may lead wallpaper to deteriorate quicker than it would in other rooms, but all lining and wallpapers will get tatty and start to come away at the seams eventually.
Mobile company Orange today announced its two new and exclusive Orange Homescreen developments for Android smartphones, Orange Gestures and Orange Live Wallpaper, with unique designs that enable customisable and instant access to applications and services.
When choosing a design already in the collection, the lead time for all orders is around four weeks, as all wallpapers are made to order and hand screen printed.
The wallpapers are priced per sqm, including the charges for fixing.
Eliot piped up from the audience, "I should rather have called it the wallpaper." That wallpaper has its poetry, in any case, was already clear enough to modernist painters like Matisse, Vuillard, and Bonnard, for whom its rhythmic patterns had at once a formal raison d'etre, functioning as an approximation of what Clement Greenberg would later call the "all-over picture," "tightly covered, evenly and heavily textured," which "tended--but only tended--to reduce the picture to a relatively undifferentiated surface," and a psychosocial one, since its "muffled contrasts" were also those of the claustral inferiority of the European bourgeois subject.