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  • Bolt

    Two or three single rolls of wallcovering sold as a continuous length packaged as one unit.

  • Booking

    When applying paste onto wallpaper, the procedure of temporarily folding, not creasing, pasted surfaces on to each other for easier handling and allowing time for the adhesive to soak into the paper, keeping it tacky until ready to hang. It allows the wallcovering to relax, which helps to prevent stretching and shrinking that can cause seams to show. Also known as Accordion folding.

  • Border

    A narrow band of wallpaper usually used along ceiling lines, baseboards, doors, windows, and at chair rail height in place of or in addition to wood molding.

  • Breathable

    Wallcoverings that allow water and air to pass through. String wallpaper, vinyl-coated paper, and paintable woven fiberglass wallcoverings are breathable.

  • Butted seam (Butt joint)

    Two strips of wallpaper are laid with the edges just touching without any overlapping or spacing between the strips.


  • Dado

    The wall space between the chair rail and the baseboard.

  • Damask

    Patterns imitating stylized textiles, usually monochromatic in color with floral, foliage or swag themes.

  • Double cut seam

    A wallpaper seam in which the edges of two adjoining sheets are overlapped and then cut through the overlap; then excess materials are removed from both layers and the seam is pressed into place. Also known as an overlapping butt joint.

  • Drop

    A length of wallcovering cut to fit a specific space. A full drop runs from the ceiling to the baseboard and includes allowances for trimming. Also called a sheet or strip.

  • Drop match

    A design in which the pattern is staggered rather than straight across. The pattern at the top is the same on every other strip of wallcovering. There is waste with the drop matching of large-scale patterns, therefore, when dealing with a drop match, paper hangers use the technique of measuring and cutting adjacent strips from different rolls of wallcovering and alternating them. Also so known as a pattern drop.

  • Dry strippable

    Describes a wallpaper that can be pulled off the wall without first treating it with a wetting agent.

J & L


A soft, resilient natural fiber extracted from the stalks of the giant corchorus plants grown in Kerala, a state of India.

Liner paper (Lining paper)

A special paper, also called blank stock, usually applied horizontal and used under wallcoverings. Benefits of use include, smoother surface for final wallcovering, serves as an excellent porous base for decorative wallpaper, and sets (bonds) the seams and controls the expansion/contraction process (moisture and vapor bubble reduction).


  • Match

    Wallcovering patterns are printed in repeats known as straight match, drop match, and random match. The "match" refers to the place where the design matches at the seams. When ordering wallcovering, be sure to take the pattern repeat and match into consideration. For instance, a large repeat with a straight match will require more wallcovering than a small repeat with a drop match. A random match has the least waste factor, because no allowances need to be made for matching the pattern.

  • Matte finish

    A dull or flat finish.

  • Mylar

    Consist of a vacuum metalized polyester film laminated to a fabric backing. They have a highly reflective surface of foil without the accompanying stiffness and creasing. They are strong and durable. 

  • Metallic

    Wallpaper that gives the appearance of a sheet metal or foil.

  • Murals

    Wall coverings with a pictorial design that continues over two or more strips of wallpaper and is intended to cover part or most of a wall without repeat. These scenes may be photographic, digital, custom, hand, or machine printed.


  • Paper backed vinyl

    Solid vinyl layer of material is laminated or bonded to a paper-backing sheet. This type of wallcovering is very durable since the decorative surface is a solid sheet of vinyl, making it scrubbable and peelable. Paper backed vinyl can be used in most areas of the home since it resists moisture and is stain and grease resistant. However, this type of wallpaper will not withstand hard physical abuse. Also known as solid sheet vinyl.

  • Pattern match

    The alignment of wallpapering strips at the edges so that the design makes a continuous horizontal, vertical, or diagonal flow of pattern around the room.

  • Pattern repeat

    The distance between identical parts of a wallpaper's pattern in a straight vertical line.

  • Photo Murals

    Wallpaper that simulates photography that is enlarged to be placed on a room-sized wall or door. Photo murals are usually divided into quarter panels for installation purposes, and portray scenes such as waterfalls, forest scenes, seashores, cities, or outer space.

  • Pliability

    Degree of softness and ease of flexing and bending of wallpaper.

  • Prepasted paper

    Describes a wallcovering that has an adhesive coating applied to its backing by the factory. Activated by dipping in water, activator, or thinned down wallpaper paste. The directions for each individual paper must be followed to determine proper soaking and booking time.

  • Pretrimmed

    Describes a wallcovering whose selvages were removed at the factory.

  • Primer

    Applied to make the substrate more uniform for acceptance and improve the adhesion of the topcoat. Not all primers will allow the wallpaper to slide easily during installation. Primers will improve the removability of the wallcovering and decrease the chances of wall damage.

  • Primer/Sealers

    Can provide the best insurance on a good installation, often used in place of sizing materials. It is a special penetrating primer that is designed to penetrate the wall surface and seal up any problem areas due to wall damage or any situation where wall surface anomalies are suspected. These products are available in several mixtures to address specific needs. A colored (pigmented) acrylic primer/sealer is the most common because it can be used on all surfaces. It's water based, easy to clean, and the coloring helps prevent any discolorations from showing through the paper. These products protect the underlying drywall, provide a good surface for adhesion, and increase the slip during wallpaper installation.

  • Primer/Stain Killer

    Should be used for walls with problematic stains such as grease, recurring mold, etc. They prevent these types of stains from bleeding through the wallpaper. This product would be used to spot-treat these areas or as a total primer base. These primers are also excellent for covering brightly painted surfaces that may otherwise bleed through the final wallpaper. Most stain killer formulas contain antimicrobial agents to prevent future growth of any type of mold; however, existing mold must be removed using a 3:1 water to bleach solution prior to application of the primer.


  • Screen-printed

    Involves the use of stencils to transfer the design. Paint is applied to a frame of stretched silk, polyester, or nylon screen and penetrates areas of the screen not blocked by the stencil pattern. By using several stencils, many colors can be added to form successive layers in a single print. Also known as handprints, silk screening, hand screening, and serigraphy.

  • Scrubbable

    Describes a wallcovering that can be cleaned with a prescribed detergent, water, and a brush.

  • Seam

    Areas where two wall coverings are joined.

  • Seam roller

    A small, narrow plastic, felt, or wooden roller used to secure the seams of wallpaper to make them adhere to the wall when dry. This is done by rolling or pressing the seams after the paper has been applied to the wall and the air bubbles, if any, are smoothed away. Stringcloth, grasscloth, flock, and heavily embossed wallpaper are examples of product that would be damaged by the use of a seam roller.

  • Selvage

    The blank edge of a wallcovering. Used for markings that maintain registration during printing, plus protects the design during shipment.

  • Sisal

    Wallpaper made from the fibers of the sisal plant.

  • Smoothing brush (Smoother)

    Used to smooth out wrinkles or air from behind wallpaper during installation. Most often used on delicate wallpaper.

  • Straight across match

    Describes a design in which the pattern aligns horizontally at single-roll intervals. This means that the pattern design at the top of each strip is always the same.

  • Straight edge

    A six-foot or seven-foot ruler used by a paperhanger to trim the selvage off of the wallpaper.

  • Strippable

    Describes a wallpaper that can be pulled off the wall without first treating it with a wetting agent.