Old Oak (1800) ~ William Kilburn
Pomona Green | Fawn
A love letter to time, this design by William Kilburn dates from 1800. The original watercolour motif, small in scale, was found in a sketchbook by descendent Gabriel Sempill and is a departure from the chintz Kilburn was more widely recognised for.
The noble English oak is woven into history and folklore, revered since the times of the ancient Greeks and throughout the ages that followed. The oak is an ageless symbol of strength, honour and wisdom. Sure as the seasons come, its waving boughs curl up and back again, growing older with each rain.
Its surface-printed technique mimics the patterns of nature – each season the same, each impression slightly different. This method also recalls the traditional woodblocks that would have been used in 1800 and surface printing gives the wallpaper an organic, tactile finish with a handcrafted feel.
Samples measure 26 x 21 cm. They come folded in half in an A5 envelope.
Photographs by Giulietta Verdon-Roe
Rose Pink, Saffron
10m Roll, Sample