I remember, as a little history-obsessed girl, having marble balloons that I just loved, and a set of marbled paper purchased at Colonial Williamsburg. Marbled paper dates back to the 10th century in Asia, but was hugely popular in the 18th century and now, it's totally back.
In olden times, it was used to line journals, for stationary or to make book covers. But now, the limits are endless. It can be interpreted as swirly, agate-like wallpaper or as a flowing silk scarf or as dining room napkins. One of the best resources online is Paper Mojo...I'm pondering how I can order a roll and make something fabulous.
Marbled paper makes for an amazing lampshade, as seen here in this photo by Jordan Ferney.
Bryn spruced her secretary with amazing marbled paper — a modern spin on a trend from the 18th century. Picture from her blog here.
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Left to right, clockwise: marbled paper from Etsy, a marbled pillow (LOVE) from ABC Home, a marbled balloon, marbled leather tote by Rennes Handmade, and two scarves by Ilana Kohn.