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While the wallpaper sample was tiny, it was large enough to reveal that the Madisons had a flocked-red wallpaper in the room.  Flocked wallpaper was a velvety-looking paper made by sprinkling short wool fibers in a pattern over wet paint.  When the paint dried, the wool fibers would stick to the paper, producing an effect that was similar in appearance to silk damask.


Photomicrographs of the tiny fragment of flocked red wallpaper found by Dr. Buck in the Drawing Room.  The small hair-shaped particles seen in the photos are short pieces of wool flocking that have been dyed red.