ccbCole & Son is one of the foremost purveyors of fine wall coverings in the world. One look at their website to see their full collection of wallpaper designs will let you know why they are considered one of the best.

About Cole & Son: “Today, the Cole & Son archive consists of approximately 1,800 block print designs, 350 screen print designs and a huge quantity of original drawings and wallpapers, representing all the styles from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Amongst these are some of the most important historic wallpaper designs in the world. Cole & Son has provided wallpapers for many historic houses including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. Our magnificent archive is on occasion the source of new designs within our collections. Designs are carefully selected, adapted and coloured by our designers and printed by craftsmen to produce wallpapers faithful to the character of the original document, yet contemporary in feel. Cole & Son continues to produce innovative and beautiful designs; our current collections reflect our long and distinguished history as well as our continuing passion for new and exciting wallpapers.”

Although there are plenty of designs to love, I am drawn to Cole & Son’s Fornasetti Collection: “The Fornasetti collection consists of 14 designs selected from fine drawings in the archive of Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988). These wallpapers incorporate elements from the Fornasetti archives used to make stunning large scale designs in a palette of useable colours ranging from reds and golds, to neutrals and blacks.”

CCaIn particular, I Iove the Ex Libris wallpaper design: “The now iconic Ex Libris wallpaper design features a detail taken from a 1953 screen, speaks volumes with a faux library of books bound in pigskin and buff on black shelves; pale sepia on silver books with dark stone shelves; parchment on black and white books with pale taupe shelves and for lovers of purple prose, magenta and gold books on black shelves. Colours shown on-screen may vary from the original wallpaper, we therefore recommend ordering a sample to view the true colours. We recommend that you use Cole & Son Tub Paste.”

See The Fornasetti Collection from Cole & Son here.

Check out all of Cole & Son’s collections here.