The Italian art of staining paper in marble-effect designs. Most of us have experimented with this well known technique at school. A shallow tray is filled with water or a specialised solution, into which drops of coloured dyes are added and swirled around several times using different instruments, thus creating patterns: a piece of paper is then laid flat on the surface of the inky liquid, allowing it to pick up the dyes, then removed and set to dry.

The same technique can be applied to fabric.

Marble effect wallpapers and fabrics, especially those that are densely designed and richly coloured, look good in clubs and studies, semi- commercial rooms.

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