Cole and Son is a prestigious British brand known for their huge collection of original and stylish wallpaper designs. They are specifically known for their block print designs and the heritage nature of many of their pieces. They have provided wallpaper for historic houses around the world including both Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. At Naken Interiors we have a good range of stylish and original Cole and Son wallpapers for your home.
Cole and Son was founded in the late 19th century, in 1875 by John Perry. It was first based in Islington in North London and this whole area was well-known for its glut of hand block printing companies. There were over 190 in total in the 18th and 19th centuries. Throughout the 19th century and beyond Cole and Son printed for a huge range of recognisable companies and organisations of the time. They became well known for their exceptional quality block printing but also for their supply of beautiful stripes and original patterns. The company built their own machines in the early days and this allowed them to use innovative and traditional printing methods including pan coating and flocking for wallpaper, creating imitation cut velvet for wall coverings.
It was in 1941 that the company was bought by A.P. Cole who already owned Cole and Son (Wallpapers) Ltd. a company with showrooms and offices based in Central London. The block archive of Cole and Son includes a wide range of prestigious designs including those created by J.C. Crace and Son which had been used to decorate and furnish stately homes, castles, theatres and palaces around the United Kingdom and further afield. When Cole and Son came together with John Perry’s company, they became the owner and custodian of the most expansive and most significant collection of wooden blocks for printing in the whole of the United Kingdom.
Moving into the modern age, Cole and Son were one of the first companies to adopt screen printing and launched once of the first ever screen printing studios in Europe in 1949. The contemporary design movement was the inspiration behind their new innovative and it led to the renowned wild wallpaper designs of the 1950s and 60s.
Today Cole & Son have an impressive block archive of over 1800 block print designs and a further 350 screen print designs. This is as well as their huge and exceptional collection of original drawing and wallpapers. Their range of designs represents every style and trend you can imagine from the 18th century through to the early 20th century and there are many historic pieces in their collections. This is in addition to their modern and contemporary designs which continue to excite, impress and add real character to homes all around the world.
The Cole & Son showroom is based in the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour and at Naken Interiors we have selected a diverse range of what the designers have to offer, from their extensive and instantly recognisable range of original and exceptional wallpapers.