Cole & Son presents Archive Anthology

Archive Anthology brings together a selection of Cole & Son’s most popular and well-known classic wallpapers, whilst also introducing several designs from their extensive archives.
Combining surface and flexographic printing techniques, this anthology revisits old favourites including Hummingbirds, Madras Violet and Egerton, giving them a fresh and up to date colour palette, whilst at the same time presenting several new designs such as Florencecourt and Strawberry Tree which aim to further enhance and promote the Cole & Son archive legacy.

Originally a block print, Florencecourt takes its name from the Florencecourt Yew, widely considered to be one of the original yew trees within the British Isles. Featuring dense foliage in shades of viridian, teal, silver grey and olive, this wallpaper has been given a contemporary feel through its combination of surface and flexographic print techniques.

Winter Birds
The historic wallpaper design Winter Birds was discovered hiding in the bottom of an archive drawer. This wonderful old print reveals garden birds perching amongst thorny briars and rose bushes. Coloured subtly in earthy tones of greys, olives, blues, and ochre.

Chippendale China
A reworking of an old damask classic, Chippendale China has been inspired by the orientalist style sweeping Victorian Britain in the early twentieth century. This elegant tonal wallpaper features pagodas set in cartouches of grand scrollwork. Produced in neutral shades of linen, stone, ivory and olive, alongside two stronger colourings of Chinese red and yellow.

Originally a screen-printed design, Bamboo chronicles the rise in popularity of the Orientalist style throughout the Victorian era. Reworked here in five new colourings of china blue, powder blue, charcoal, soft pink and leafy green, this graceful paper will add instant elegance to any interior.

Sweet Pea
A Cole & Son favourite, Sweet Pea has been re-worked in a series of modern colourings. Produced in the classic surface printed tradition, Sweet Pea is presented in a range of soft pretty pinks, yellows, violets, greys and blues, on chalky grounds of delicate neutrals and a subtle yellow.

Victorian Star 
A simple small-scale star motif, taken from the Cole & Son archive, set on subtle pastel tones of duck egg, plaster pink, straw and a range of neutrals.

Chinese Toile
An early Cole & Son print, has been given a fresh take for todays interior whilst retaining the oriental bearing of its past. A popular style in Victorian times, this orientalist design features pastoral vignettes of Far Eastern life in hues of charcoal, Chinese red, ivory and drawing room blue.

Another of the ever popular Cole & Son florals, Egerton has been reintroduced to include brand new colourings of this graceful wisteria tree on a china clay ground. Chalky whites and creams, alongside lavender and scarlet blossoms sit on grounds of powdery blue, duck egg, subtle neutrals and a striking midnight blue.

Strawberry Tree 
A stunning block printed design from the Jeffrey & Co. archives reproduced here as a classic surface printed wallpaper. Available in three opulent colour-ways of pink and khaki, scarlet and green and rose and old gold, this wonderful old print blends an arts and crafts ancestry with a classical twist to produce a truly majestic wallpaper.

Taking its title from the popular Victorian girls’ name, Alma features a small-scale diamond trellis enclosing a simple sprig leaf motif. Set on grounds of powder blue, grey, sand and ecru, this smart little print bestows a modern feel on a traditional motif.

Madras Violet 
A treasured member of the Cole & Son floral family is recreated here as a stunning surface print in several of the original block printed colourings from the 1860’s, including lavender with olive, old yellow and emerald, deep pink on stone and violet with grey.

Large Georgian Rope Trellis
A familiar Cole & Son archive print has been revived in a range of elegant and genteel colourings. Featuring the popular classical rope and medallion trellis motif, these seven new shades include a rich emperor yellow, soft duck egg, olive, grey, flax, linen and ivory.

One of the most beloved and iconic Cole & Son wallpapers has been reintroduced to reveal two brand new colourings. Alongside the classic duck egg, soft blue and cream grounds, two additional renderings include jewel toned birds fluttering on a dramatic midnight blue ground and softer prettier birds on a delicate ivory. (In keeping with the other designs in the collection these five colourings have been printed on a non-woven base paper).


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