The first recorded mention of a wallpaper comes from the time of the French king Louis XI. In 1418, he asked an artist, Jean Bourdichon to paint fifty rolls of paper, which he intended to install in his residence. The requested motif were angels on blue background. Hand-painted wallpapers were soon ordered by other wealthy Europeans but the wallpaper, as we know it, was born in 1675. Jean Papillion, a famous French engraver, was the first to start using print blocks for continuous repetitive patterns. Another important wallpaper creator, Jean Baptiste Réveillon (1725-1811) was originally a haberdashery tradesman and paper-maker. In 1753, he started importing large amounts of wallpapers from England. The French bourgeoisie soon bought them all. He then used the dowry of his wife to make his own rolls of velvet paper covered in bright colour-prints. In 1765, already as a very wealthy gentleman, he bought a residence with a park and theatre, to move his wallpaper factory to the ground floor and use the top floor for living. One of his best known wallpapers, papier bleu d’Angleterre, was even used for Marie Antoinette’s chambers. In 1783, Réveillon’s factory was granted the right to use the name of a Royal Manufacture. The ownership of the paper-mill and his know-how helped Réveillon to encounter Etienne de Montgolfier, for whom he created the “wallpaper cover” for his hot-air balloon taking off from Versailles. After the French revolution, Réveillon emigrated to England, let his manufacture to Jacquemart & Bénard company, which continued making wallpapers until 1840.