All photos from Bradbury & Bradbury.
I know just the turreted parlor in Quincy that could use some new, exotic wallpaper. I suppose that this, ahem, rather lively Persian style is an acquired taste for most people in the 21st century, but my husband and I love it, having relished the splendors of Egypt's beautiful hotels, palaces, and mosques. Lest you worry that the ceiling looks too plain with just that border, let me assure you that there is also a magnificent medallion to set off your Persian chandelier.
We're all used to seeing this much color and intricate detail in a Persian carpet on the floor. What's wrong with letting it go up the walls to the ceiling? Not a thing!
This wallpaper would coordinate nicely with our three inlaid Syrian tables and my collection of Islamic-patterned candy tins from the early 20th century. I've got a Persian carpet, wicker and bentwood furniture, and some old paisley piano shawls, too. Oh, and two Persian cats, plus two more that could pass for Turkish Angoras if you ignore the big guy's Norwegian accent.
It seems that all I'd need to make a room like this a reality are one or two potted palms... and the right Victorian parlor.
This was exactly the wrong way to distract myself from my housing dilemma.