The Albemarle Collection is named after the well-known London private members club. The hedonistic, bohemian club opened in 1874 and it was known for its debauched glamour and elegance. Many of the wallpapers in the collection are named after poets of the 18th and 19th century, many of whom frequented the club and the whole collection has a rich, glamorous feel which looks beautiful in many different styles of home. There are nine individual designs in the collection and they incorporate a rich and bold array of colours, as well as shimmering metallic ink effects.
The Romantic Period is beautifully brought to life in the many different designs in the Albemarle Collection. Cultural icons and gems of the time have been brought to life and they add elegance and heritage to any space in the home. There is a period feel to the designs but they work in modern homes as well as those with a more traditional feel.
Cole and Son was founded in 1875 and since this time they have become recognised for the exceptional quality of their wallpapers. They began by creating block prints but have moved into screen printing and more modern printing methods, ensuring their wallpapers stand out and are immediately recognisable as designs by the brand. Their expansive archive is one of the most impressive around the world and there are around 1800 block print designs as well as 350 screen prints within the archive. Cole and Son regularly draw from their archive for the creation of new designs and this is the case in the Albemarle Collection.
Some of the many original and striking designs in the collection include:
Blake: a classic Damask surface print named after the poet William Blake. The subtly of the Damask is brought to life by the range of rich background colours the designer has chosen to lay it against.
Piccadilly: playful and fun Piccadilly turns the classic blue and white tile into a fantastic wallpaper design. Each tile is intricately decorated and there are a range of different colourways, not just blue and white.
Byron: named after one of the most infamous Romantic figures of all, the Byron design features an elegant damask featuring metallic-toned peacocks. It offers the exuberance and glamour of Byron himself.
The classic feel of these wallpapers is brought into the contemporary world with the gilded elements and metallic tones. The Damask pattern is a real period creation but it can be worked into the modern home with ease. Cole and Son make their wallpapers particularly appealing through their pinpoint selection of elegant colourways and beautiful tones, with the range ensuring you can find a design you like in a colourway that works for your home.
You can explore the Albemarle Collection by Cole and Son below.