Cole & Son was founded in 1875 by John Perry, in Islington, North London, an area famous for the 190 hand block printing companies working there in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Company built machines that allowed the re-introduction of the process of pan coating and also revived the process of Flocking, invented in Holland in 1680, imitating cut velvet. Today Cole & Son is the custodian of the most significant collection of wooden printing blocks in Britain. The Company continues to produce innovative and beautiful designs. The current collections reflect the Company’s long and distinguished history as well as its continuing passion for new and exciting wallpapers.