MARIINSKY DAMASK WALLPAPERS
Cole & Son draws on its vast archive to bring you Mariinsky Damask Wallpapers, an exciting and original interpretation of historical designs which celebrate the drama and occasion of the theatre, opera and ballet.Featuring a host of damask patterns, this ornamental and decorative collection with its classical detail, rich colouring and elegant proportions, contains ten stunning designs, each paying homage to celebrated stars of the stage and to iconic theatres from around the world.Included are two well loved classics, Carousel Stripe and Antique Mirror, alongside an exciting new flock print Petrouchka, and an elegant new take on the Cole & Son Jaspe.
Balabina, named after Feya Balabina, a Russian ballerina with the Kirov Ballet. Balabina, originally an archive block print has been re-worked to include a beautifully drawn hoopoe bird. It has been reproduced as a screen print with an impressive 101cm repeat. Offered in five smart colourways including pale yellow, cool stone, and gilded silver with grey, alongside a velvet red on red and a striking jade and midnight blue.
An ornate and graceful scrollwork damask, screen printed using a subtle flecked metallic ink on soft chalky grounds of old olive, charcoal, grey, cream and mole, Carmen, takes its name from the well-known French opera by Georges Bizet. The design dates from 19th century France and based on its repeat, almost certainly originated from a silk weaving mill, probably around Lyon. It is produced here on a 68.5cm roll.
A luxurious flock wallpaper, adding intense colour and drama to any interior, Petrouchka re-introduces the flock print to the Cole & Son library. Flock printing, the application of wool or synthetic fibres to paper was originally invented in the 17th century to imitate expensive cut velvet wall hangings. Petrouchka has been printed at a traditional paper mill in the North of England in a range of five jewel-like colourings of drawing room red, beize green, shimmering graphite, indigo blue and a vintage lilac.
Stravinsky combines a classic damask print with a full width tile layout and a striking aged patina effect. This two tone pattern with its square block repeat offers a more contemporary look and is presented in five colourways – a soft chalky white, and a vivid emerald green alongside subtly toned metallic of silver, gilver and bronze.
A delicate trailing damask motif dances across a Cole & Son classic- the Jaspe. Re-introduced recently the Jaspe is one of our oldest and most enduring designs. Historically produced at the Cole & Son factory in North London using a brush to create a random strie effect, this was one of many original techniques created by Coles’ founder John Perry in the 19th Century, to mimic silk fabric. In a range of nine shimmering mother of pearl colourings, Giselle is at once timeless and romantic.
Bringing to life another Cole & Son classic archive print, Carousel Stripe has been updated and recreated using innovative modern print techniques in two of the original colourways. Shimmering dragged-brush ribbons of coloured metallics line up to create a wonderfully vibrant and glamorous wallpaper. Carousel Stripe was originally produced using a stripe pan, each section in the pan housed a separate colour and was filled by hand to produce this complex and beautiful striped wallpaper. Due to the ten striking metallic colours, the Carousel Stripe continues to be one of the most technically difficult designs to produce.
Fonteyn takes its name from our well known prima ballerina, who gained worldwide acclaim with the Royal Ballet. Interwoven trails and sprigs of honeysuckle and milk thistle pirouette across this subtle two-tone design, screen printed to give an especially soft matt appearance. It is presented in seven chalky hues of stone, old olive, parchment, biscuit, pale yellow and petrol.
The opulence of the Persian carpet inspired Pushkin, named after Alexander Pushkin, one of the greatest Russian playwrights and poets of our time. An exuberant multi-coloured paper featuring classic oriental motifs, this design is bold and bohemian. Presented in an array of colourful combinations, including charcoal and ginger, red and coral, emerald and lime, charcoal and grey, plaster pink and olive and finally a very traditional red and teal, this handsome wallpaper is sure to create drama in any interior.
Bellini is a re-working of a Cole & Son surface print design from the 1950s. Featuring a pretty water-coloured arrangement of tiles containing loosely sketched florals and geometrics, Bellini, named after Vincenzo Bellini the famous Italian composer, is presented in four simple colourings of charcoal and white, china blue on white, white on grey and a subtle gilver on stone.
Antique Mirror, a Cole & Son favourite, features foxed metallic panels on a foil base paper creating the illusion of aged mirror panelling in three mineral colourings of gold, silver and gilver. This design offers a modern twist on the trend for antique mirror tiles.
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