Company founded by John Perry in North London.
In a vibrant hub of more than 190 block printing companies active during the 18th and 19th Centuries, John Perry, son of a Cambridgeshire merchant is carving out a name for himself.
John Perry builds and opens a wallpaper factory in Offord Road, Islington London.
Perry, with discerning taste and innovative foresight harnesses the power of industry to complement traditional woodblock printing methods prevalent at the time.
A new century1900
Perry revived hand flock wallpaper, a process imitating cut velvet originating in Holland in the late 17th Century.
John Perry develops a range of techniques including pan coating, used to create deep, rich, tactile stripes and strié prints.
But perhaps Perry’s most notable contribution to the wallpaper industry was the creation of a process to imitate silk.
Using a solution of ground mica, he was able to develop a lustre-like silk effect on the paper which is still used today
A.P. Cole, proprietor of Cole & Son (Wallpapers) Ltd, purchases the company, including some 2000 wooden wallpaper printing blocks acquired by Perry from neighbouring firms as they closed down over the course of the previous 60 years.
The company now exhibits the best in quality wallpaper manufacture from showrooms on aristocratic Mortimer Street in central London