Erfurt's Variovlies range of smooth, paintable and re-paintable wallpapers are made from recycled fibres, making them both environmentally friendly to manufacture and sustainable after application.

Wallpapers that are free of preservatives and vapours play a particularly relevant role in children's rooms. Erfurt has been awarded numerous environmental seals and ecologically relevant certificates

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Wallpapers that are free of preservatives and vapours play a particularly relevant role in children's rooms. Erfurt has been awarded numerous environmental seals and ecologically relevant certificates

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When it comes to design classics, it's the usual suspects that generally spring first to mind: the Braun 'Snow White' SK4 coffin, the Coke bottle, Eames chairs or the Swiss Army knife, to name a few. At the same time, there are also many successful and timeless products out there that one may not immediately think of, but which have nonetheless stayed the course across centuries.


Sustainability is a key contemporary trend and one that Erfurt has been aware of and active in for a long time


German wallpaper expert Erfurt has a whole range of true classics in its programme. And no wonder, since the roots of the Wuppertal-based manufacturer go all the way back to the early 19th century. In 1827, Friedrich Erfurt founded his eponymous paper mill and in 1864, his grandson, Hugo Erfurt, developed a wall covering that has since become part of everyday life for many of us, namely woodchip wallpaper.

Though steeped in tradition, the company – which is still family-run – has not rested on its laurels, however. Its eyes are fixed also on the present and the future. This means reacting to social trends as well as those that currently shape the design of our interiors. Sustainability is a key contemporary trend and one that Erfurt has been aware of and active in for a long time.

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Smoothly wallpapered walls are currently in vogue. With Variovlies, users enjoy uniform, crack-covering wall coverage. In addition, surfaces wallpapered with it can be repainted several times

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Smoothly wallpapered walls are currently in vogue. With Variovlies, users enjoy uniform, crack-covering wall coverage. In addition, surfaces wallpapered with it can be repainted several times

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Recycled papers as fibre raw material

Erfurt has used natural resources in the development of its products for many years. For example, preference is given to recycled paper as a fibre raw material, energy is used efficiently and much care is given to the sparing use of water. Being located directly on the River Wupper, the company has a special relationship with water, in particular: it makes use of this local resource, but wisely.

Walls with smooth non-woven wallpaper are protected from dirt and signs of wear for years – and can be renewed in a water- and energy-saving manner in the event of a change of colour or covering

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Walls with smooth non-woven wallpaper are protected from dirt and signs of wear for years – and can be renewed in a water- and energy-saving manner in the event of a change of colour or covering

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Another current trend relates to a growing preference for smooth walls. This offers Erfurt the opportunity to show that it is about much more than just woodchip. The company's Variovlies ECO 130 PLUS, ECO 150 PLUS and ECO GREEN is a series that responds to both of these trends all in one. In direct comparison to bare, smooth wall coverings, these three particular variants from the Variovlies family offer a range of advantages.


Walls are protected from dirt and signs of wear for many years and can be revitalised in a water- and energy-saving way


Variovlies, for example, allows for the creation of uniform wall surfaces and is well-suited to covering cracks. Surfaces can be re-painted several times and the paper is also simple to remove. Variovlies Eco Green is made of 100% recycled fibres and is the first CO2-neutral smooth nonwoven paper. CO2 neutrality is achieved by offsetting the necessary emissions. For this purpose, Erfurt supports selected climate protection projects together with ClimatePartner.

Optimised indoor climate, more cosiness

The use of defined grades of the best waste paper also gives Variovlies a brilliant white tone without any additives. It is also characterised by its very smooth surface, helping to enable particularly homogeneous coatings. Variovlies also helps to optimise the room climate, creates a feeling of cosiness and offers a look that comes very close to a plastered wall – without the disadvantages that come with it, such as flaking paint. In addition, the smooth nonwoven papers are open to diffusion and therefore help to regulate moisture within the space.

Think green: Variovlies Eco is the first CO2-neutral smooth nonwoven. CO2 neutrality is achieved by offsetting the necessary emissions. To this end, Erfurt supports selected climate protection projects

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Think green: Variovlies Eco is the first CO2-neutral smooth nonwoven. CO2 neutrality is achieved by offsetting the necessary emissions. To this end, Erfurt supports selected climate protection projects

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Variovlies wallpapers are also extremely easy to apply, and can be used on all wallpaperable surfaces. Their long-term environmental advantages are also clear. With Variovlies ECO 150 PLUS for example, walls are protected from dirt and signs of wear for many years and can be revitalised in a water- and energy-saving way if a change of colour or wallpaper is desired.

In many interior spaces, walls that need to be covered are made of plasterboard. It is advisable, however, not to apply paint to such surfaces directly. The application of Variovlies helps to circumvent this issue, with filled joints where the plasterboard edges meet practically disappearing. Thanks to its dimensional stability and wet tear resistance – due to the even distribution of the recycled polyester fibres – the moisture produced during wallpapering and painting cannot damage the wallpaper. This is a professional-quality product that is also suitable for hygiene-sensitive areas.

Variovlies Eco 150 Plus from Erfurt consists of 100% recycled fibres. This creates more homeliness and a look that is very similar to a plastered wall – without the disadvantages it brings, such as flaking paint

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Variovlies Eco 150 Plus from Erfurt consists of 100% recycled fibres. This creates more homeliness and a look that is very similar to a plastered wall – without the disadvantages it brings, such as flaking paint

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Easy to wallpaper – even without experience

Variovlies was also developed, among other things, to be easy to work with, even for people without extensive wallpapering experience. All that needs to be done is to paste the wall, lay the wallpaper strip dry in the paste bed, apply the next strip edge to edge, paint the wall… and that's it. Erfurt also offers GIGA rolls in widths or lengths of 3.2 metres, so particularly advantageous for covering large-area walls. The regular measurement for Eco-Variovlies roll is 75cm wide by 25m long.

With all this said, it stands to reason that Erfurt would have a whole range of certificates related to ecological practices and environmental protection, including the Blue Angel, Oeko-Tex and EPD declarations to the RAL quality mark and the Green Product Award presented in 2019. Displayed at the company headquarters, the wallpaper products and framed awards form a neat symbiosis in terms of substance and aesthetics.

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