Named after one of Ardmore’s finest designers, Jabu Nene, this design takes its inspiration from the wonderfully sculptural rhino hand coiled vessels, created by sculptor Somandla Ntshanlintshali.
These pots are then intricately painted in eye dazzling colours and patterns by Jabu Nene herself and now form a part of Ardmore’s most well loved signature styles. Our Cole and Son artists have used the markings on these pots to create a wonderfully rich and vibrant vertical stripe, out of which peek a pair of regal white rhinos complete with adorned horns and feathered ruffs.
This wallpaper contains a true African spirit with its patterning reminiscent of Zulu basket weaving and is presented in five striking colourings, including sharp black, white and grey neutral tones alongside earthy olives, tobaccos and a tribal navy blue and orange.
Cole & Son was founded in 1875 by John Perry, son of a Cambridgeshire merchant. In those days the company was situated in Islington, north London, an area famous for the 190 hand block printing companies working there in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Today, the Cole & Son archive consists of approximately 1,800 block print designs, 350 screen print designs and a huge quantity of original drawings and wallpapers, representing all the styles from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Amongst these are some of the most important historic wallpaper designs in the world. Cole & Son has provided wallpapers for many historic houses including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.
Their magnificent archive is on occasion the source of new designs within their collections. Designs are carefully selected, adapted and coloured by the Cole & Son designers and printed by craftsmen to produce wallpapers faithful to the character of the original document, yet contemporary in feel.
Cole & Son continues to produce innovative and beautiful designs; the current collections reflect their long and distinguished history as well as their continuing passion for new and exciting wallpapers.