This beautifully patterned wallpaper features a trio of elephants dancing horizontally across the African Plains. Intricately rendered, they are taken from a series of large decorated urns painted by Zinhle Nene which take pride of place in the Ardmore museum. The colouring has been kept quite simple in order to show off the fine hand drawn elements – charcoal, sand and stone provide a softly speckled backdrop to black and white, soft mulberry and rust and cool chalky greys.
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.