This traditional hand printed process is especially suitable for more exclusive papers. It requires immense skill and a long apprenticeship.
The effect is a heavy build up of colour providing a special depth and graining.
The advantage of block printing is the availability of large repeat sizes (up
to 183cms / 72ins). Available in custom colours and backgrounds. Minimum order
is 10 x 10m rolls. Cole & Son holds over 1800 block designs.
Cole & Son is reputed to have set up one of the first ever screen printing studios in the late 1940s and produced printed designs for Lucienne Day for the 1951 Festival of Britain.
This process produces a very detailed design by squeezing the inks through a fine gauze onto the paper.
Other designers who worked with Cole’s in the 1950 and 1960s include Peggy Argus, John Drummond, Eduardo Paolozzi, Michael Clark and Gordon Livesay to name a few. Some of their designs have been re-launched and can be seen in the Contemporary Collection.
Flock printing, revived by Cole’s owner John Perry in the 1870s, is a process that replicates cut velvet on wallpaper. The process involves hand block printing of a special glue instead of ink, and then cut wool or viscose is vigorously shaken onto the surface of the paper.
We also stock a few flock designs.
Stocked items – No minimum order (1 roll orders are subject to a surcharge): Custom Colour - Minimum order 10 rolls.
For more information about the bespoke services please contact Jo Weatherly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surface printing uses a roller to apply the ink to the paper. This is the printing method by which the majority of our wallpapers are made. All our colours are mixed by eye.
We use very high quality 150gm paper to provide the best printing and hanging results. Our papers are still festooned by hand to air dry in the traditional way.
Custom colours and backgrounds are available for a minimum of 10 x 10m rolls. Largest repeat size available is 76cms / 30ins. We have in excess of 500 designs available within our archive.
Cole & Son makes stripes by a traditional method offering an unlimited selection of stripe combinations and backgrounds. We have over 150 varieties of stripes that can be combined to provide a unique striped wallpaper.
Custom colours and backgrounds are available for a minimum of 10 x 10m rolls.