The Italian wallpaper Grottesca has an interesting history. Grotesques were in the time of the Romans a kind of ornament, made at the edges and all around depicted walls. These were rediscovered around the year 1400 in a cave ('grotta' in Italian). An old Roman palace was found under such an enormous amount of dirt that they thought they were in a cave, which turned out not to be true later on. These figures have influenced the Italian renaissance art strongly and therefore have been important for the artistic development worldwide.
The grotesques were figures created out of proportion of parts of people, animals and plants. This is the reason we nowadays use the word grotesque when we want to indicate something extraordinary and out of proportion.
The design wallpaper Grottesca 1 is part of the collection Arte Antica.