Cole & Son

Cole and Son has been creating original and exceptional wallcoverings since 1875.

Innovative, intelligent, artistic design is founded upon a strong heritage of family craftsmanship. Founded by John Perry, Cole & Son was first established in the borough of Islington in North London, an area renowned for its 190 hand block printing businesses at the time.

Today, the Cole & Son archive is a beautiful and inspiring chronicle of artistic styles and expressions spanning three centuries. Consisting of approximately 2,000 block print designs, 500 screen print patterns and a huge quantity of original drawings and wallpapers. The archive and the log of commissions attest to some of the most important decorating schemes of the 19th and 20th Centuries; from stately homes such as Chatsworth House, Blickling Hall and Audley End to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the wallpaper designs of A.W. Pugin featured in the Palace of Westminster – a collection which is still faithfully maintained today.

On occasion, the vast archive is a source of new designs within collections. Elements from historic prints and patterns are carefully selected, adapted and coloured by artists in the Design Studio and printed by craftsmen to produce wallpapers faithful to the character of the original document, yet contemporary in feel. With a commitment and passion for design excellence, our in-house design studio is dedicated to producing unique and distinctive designs which help shape beautiful, inviting interiors through colour and pattern.