Visions of the East in the English Country House

We love the blog of the National Trust, which focuses on care and conservation of English Country houses, with behind the scenes images of some of the grandest stately homes in Britain.

One of our favourite posts is Visions of the East they explore the exquisite chinoiserie tapestries and wallpapers at Belton House which was bought for the Chinese Bedroom in around 1840. The wall paper is reputedly older than that, and this beautiful design was modified by cutting out birds and butterflies from sections that were not used and sticking them in other areas.

Detail of the wallpaper in the Chinese bedroom. ©NTPL/Martin Trelawny

The background was apparently once pink, but has faded with time. We can only imagine how vibrant it would have been when new.

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