The decorative effect of Stencilling traces its roots as far back as Egyptian times and has surged in popularity during various periods of history. Henry III used stencilled patterns, often with gold powders, in star shapes. William Morris and William Burges often used stencils in interior design schemes. Art techniques, both on furniture and walls, have taken stencilling from a simple pattern repeat, to sophisticated and colourful design elements, rich with story lines and decorative symbolism.