How could I find this old pattern?
October 27, 2010 8:02 AM   Subscribe

Is there any chance of finding this old wallpaper?

It was on my bedroom wall around 1973/74. No idea how long it could have been there. It was a repeating pattern. There were small islands, connected by wooden bridges, and Asian people doing various things like carrying buckets of water on the ends of a pole, and fishing I think.

Memory is not very reliable but IIRC it was only 2 colors, and not at all psychedelic/70s style. It was simple line drawings, not exactly Ukiyo-e, more likely a Western depiction of an Asian fishing village or something like that.

I say "Asian" because I was a small kid in a small town, so I perceived it as Chinese, but it could likely have been Japanese or Korean or I don't know. The pattern and the bridges and buckets are all I am certain of. Conical hats, maybe. My searches led to learning about the Willow Pattern...it ain't that, I'm fairly sure. This was a repeating pattern of small islands linked by bridges.

If you can help, I really appreciate it. Would love to lay eyes on it again, even if only a photo.
posted by rahnefan to Media & Arts (6 answers total)
 
Might it be this one?
posted by essexjan at 8:21 AM on October 27, 2010


No essexjan, but thanks for looking! The art was simpler, and no color that I recall. I would say black and white but what I mean is dark line drawings on a plain pale background. I learned a new term thanks to you also...chinoiserie. That might help me track it down.
posted by rahnefan at 8:40 AM on October 27, 2010


You could also do a search for "Asian toile wallpaper" or "blue willow wallpaper".
posted by Ideefixe at 9:20 AM on October 27, 2010


Thanks Ideefixe.
posted by rahnefan at 9:32 AM on October 27, 2010


How's this?

Using the term oriental might garner some results for you as well. I hope you find what you're looking for!
posted by wwartorff at 7:08 PM on October 27, 2010


Thanks wwartorff! Not it though.
posted by rahnefan at 8:54 PM on November 2, 2010


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