Wallpapers are generally made using ink. Not ours. Determined to follow in our founder’s footsteps, we use traditional block and trough printing methods as well as our own richly pigmented paint, to give each design a sumptuous and tactile texture, unique to Farrow & Ball.
With florals, damasks, stripes and geometric patterns, each design is inspired by archives of timeless and evocative wallpapers, fabrics, and patterns from around the world. When it comes to inspiration – no stone is left unturned by our creative team!
Once a design is settled on, our small team of dedicated and skilled craftsmen work to the highest standards to produce wallpaper of supreme quality and beauty. It’s a lengthy and intricate process, with each component on the production line precisely calibrated to the selected design.
Ground Paper & Glaze
We select the highest quality papers and then apply a layer of Farrow & Ball paint using a brush, beginning to create their rich, tactile texture.
We have 70 ground colours, most of which are taken from our range of paints, others are specifically developed as a wallpaper ground. Once painted, the ground papers are passed through the drying oven.
Not only is our wallpaper beautiful, it’s tough as well. We coat all our wallpapers with a specially formulated glaze to ensure that their quality remains long after they’ve left our hands.
We use the Trough Method to create our striped and dragged papers. It’s a meticulous process that requires an immense attention to detail and a great deal of patience.
It’s important that the texture of the paint is just right to ensure a smooth and even flow through the trough pads and onto the paper, which in turn helps to create our hallmark tactile texture.
The paint flows into the trough, through the foam pads, and onto the paper to create the ground coat. The paper is then oven dried and ready for the second stage.
To create a stripe, a different hue is selected and the paint is passed through a second trough and onto individual foam pads, all of which are painstakingly hand cut by our dedicated craftsmen with each needing to be re-cut every 3 – 15 rolls in order to maintain high levels of accuracy and quality.
Flat Bed Block Printing
We use the traditional Flat Bed Block Printing method for creating our large-scale designs with long pattern repeats. Inspired by 18th century techniques, and one of our most beloved methods, blocks are beautifully hand engraved with each of our designs.
The chosen paint is applied to the etched surface of the block through a trough and roller, and the block is then carefully pressed onto the paper, like a stamp.
The block is then carefully raised and the paper moved forward. The next impression must be precise to create a seamless, faultless design.
Roller Block Print
Some of our designs are amazingly intricate, and achieving such accurate attention to detail during printing is a real art. The Roller Block Print is perfect for the job, and allows our creative team to introduce ever more sophisticated and captivating designs.
The design is skilfully hand engraved onto a cylinder, which is then coated with paint by a foam roller passing through a paint filled trough. The roller block is then rolled onto the paper to print the pattern.
This process adopts the same principle as the Flat Bed Block Print, but a different texture is achieved due to the way in which the roller ‘releases’ the paint.