The art of decoupage has been around for centuries. Taking its name from the French verb ‘découper’, meaning to cut, it’s thought to originate from Eastern Siberia where Nomadic tribes used cut felts to decorate tombs.
Shimmering shells: John Derian’s design on wallpaper and bedding for Designers Guild
Today, designers are popularising the technique again and you can even decorate your home with decoupage-inspired wallpaper.
The practice migrated to China and by the 12th century vivid cut-out paper was being used to embellish lanterns, windows and boxes.
By the late 17th century, oriental lacquer work furniture from the Far East became fashionable in Europe, and Venetian cabinet-makers began to employ the technique using cut-out