Consisting of approximately 2,000 block print designs, 500 screen print patterns and a huge quantity of original drawings and wallpapers, amongst which are some of the most important historic wallpaper designs in the world.
1875 - Company founded by John Perry in North London.
In a vibrant hub of more than 190 block printing companies active during the 18th and 19th Centuries, John Perry, son of a Cambridgeshire merchant is carving out a name for himself.
Perry, with discerning taste and innovative foresight harnesses the power of industry to complement traditional woodblock printing methods prevalent at the time.
1910 - John Perry develops a range of techniques including pan coating, used to create deep, rich, tactile stripes and strié prints.
But perhaps Perry’s most notable contribution to the wallpaper industry was the creation of a process to imitate silk.
1941 - A.P. Cole, proprietor of Cole & Son (Wallpapers) Ltd, purchases the company, including some 2000 wooden wallpaper printing blocks acquired by Perry from neighbouring firms as they closed down over the course of the previous 60 years.
1948 - Cole & Son create one of the first screen print studios in Europe
1950-60's - Cole & Son create some of the most iconic wallpaper prints of the Contemporary design movement, including Woods and Palm Leave
1961 - Cole & Son is granted a Royal Warrant as a supplier of wallpaper to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Today - With a commitment and passion for design excellence the Cole & Son studio continues to produce innovative and beautiful wallpapers; current collections reflect a long and distinguished history as well as a continuing passion for artistic design and quality craftsmanship.