Cole & Son was founded in 1875 by John Perry, son of a Cambridgeshire merchant. In those days the company was situated in north London, an area famous for the many hand block printing companies working there in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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.
Cole & Son’s Fontainebleau depicts a wonderfully exuberant ‘tree of life’, inspired by the Palace of Fontainebleau outside Paris. Comprising leafy stems upon which are perched a flock of exotic and colourful birds, this wallpaper design is presented in two colour- ways of rose pinks on duck egg and fuchsia and emerald greens on a neutral ground. Buy it here.