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Lincrusta was launched in 1877 to instant success in a host of applications from royal homes to railway carriages. Heralded as the first washable wallcovering, it appealed to Victorians because of its sanitary properties as well as its durability and ornate effects.
A British invention, it was the brainchild of manufacturer Frederick Walton whose father pioneered linoleum floor covering in the 1860īs. Originally launched as "Linoleum Muralis", it was subsequently re-named "Lincrusta-Walton" - Lin for Linum (flax, from which linseed oil is made) and Crusta (Relief), with the inventorīs name being added to prevent other firms using the same title.
Produced traditionally, using many of the original rollers, with the same care and attention to detail as ever.
First manufactured at Sunbury-on-Thames before production moved to Darwen in 1918, Lincrusta is a classic product which has never needed "improving", made from totally natural materials.
Now manufactured in a purpose-built unit at Morecambe, Lancashire, it is produced traditionally using many of the original rollers, with the same care and attention to detail as when it was first made!