You may remember flocked wallpaper from such decades as the 1960s and 1970s. In fact, flocked (or flock) wallpaper has a history over three centuries long, but other than that short stint of popularity it has remained relatively obscure since the end of the 19th century. That, it seems, is about to change.
Flocked wallpaper, or wallcovering (the now-interchangeable-but-soon-to-take-over term), is made using powdered wool or cloth—byproducts of the wool industry. The powder is sprinkled on the wallpaper, giving it a raised, velvety texture.
And thanks to advancements in the wallpaper industry, flocked wallpaper is set to surge back in 2009 with large, graphic designs. It has all the advantages of wallpapers of old, including speedy installation, and it is less intimidating because it is much easier to remove than its predecessors.
Flock wallpaper can also replace other materials at a much lower cost while still providing a quality aesthetic for any room of the house. In very tight economic times, this affordability may be the biggest reason why homeowners turn to flock wallcoverings in 2009.
Furthermore, in this digital age the variety of custom patterns that could be imprinted on the wallpaper is vast, essentially providing custom designs at bargain prices.