In 1873 John Perry started a business designing and printing
wallpapers. He was an enthusiastic collector of wooden printing blocks
and he also reintroduced skills and processes that were disappearing at
the time. The business was acquired by Cole & Son in 1941 and the
company is the trustee of a valuable and historic archive of wallpaper
designs and wooden printing block from the early 18th century onwards.
The Archive Traditional collection has been drawn from this wonderful resource. There are 12 designs and one texture incorporating, not only designs that are well known, but also some which have not seen the light of day for many decades.