Luxurious and extremey durable, with elegant designs that have stood the test of time.
Lincrusta is a deeply embossed wallcovering. A British invention, it was the brainchild of inventor Frederick Walton who earlier (1860) patented linoleum floor covering.Lincrusta was launched in 1877 and was used in a host of applications from royal homes to railway carriages. The linseed gel continues to dry for many years, so the surface actually gets tougher over time. Many examples over a hundred years old can still be found throughout the world.
Lincrusta is made from a paste of gelled linseed oil and wood flour spread on heavy canvas. It is then rolled between steel rollers, one of which has a pattern emblossed upon it. Both oil-based and water-based paint can be successfully applied to Lincrusta, and it can therefore provide a base for effects from simple colour washes or marbling, scumbling and glazing to more elaborate gilding and ver de mer treatments
Commonly found in Victorian properties and restoration projects, Lincrusta is also frequently used in commercial projects such as hotel foyers, bars, restaurants and casinos.