Cole & Son was founded in 1875 by John Perry, and operated from Islington, North London, which was an area famous for the 190 hand block printing companies working there in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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 used to furnish stately homes, palaces, castles and theatre, including Buckingham Palace and the UK Houses of Parliament.
The magnificent archive is often drawn from as a source for new 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 wallpapers are inspired and imaginative, often becoming iconic. The designs reflect their long and distinguished history and continued passion for new and exciting wallpapers.