One of the more classical designs within the collection, Matrinah, named after Ardmore designer Matrinah Xaba, reveals an arrangement of ornamental platters and dishes, all intricately patterned with birds and animals and edged with decorative borders and pie crust scallops.
These in turn are placed on chalky grounds of olive, taupe, ivory, yellow ochre and pink featuring the softly silhouetted shapes of the vases from the Khulu Vases design. Presented in five striking colourways which include a subtle gilver on stone and soft gold on olive.
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.