The Ardmore Collection
An exciting new range of wallpaper have been released by Cole & Son exploring the Ardmore Ceramic Art celebrating African traditions and culture. The many designs focus on the magnificent diversity of wildlife and exotic flora, infused with extravagant colourings and pattern.
See designs below:
The Savuti is one of Africa’s most loved and well known national parks where hoopoes and hornbills call and sing whilst baboons and chameleons sun themselves in flowering Coral Trees. This wonderful African garden has been recreated as a wallpaper in seven colourful and distinctive colourings each offering a different look – a bright orange and charcoal with a monotone engraved feel – a duck egg and old stone with a more faded and antique illustrative tones, and a series of three brightly coloured more child-like colourings on grounds of cram, dark petrol and khaki.
This wallpaper shares its name with the beautiful Narina Trogan Bird, native to Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. Derived from the detailed patterning found on many Ardmore bowls and vases, our Cole and Son artists have created a soft water coloured geometric design using the stylised feathers of the Narina Bird to produce a subtle yet quirky semi-plain wallpaper. Offered in six colourings including soft neutrals alongside a vibrant burnt orange, leaf green and moody charcoal, this quirky paper can be used to complement other designs within the collection.
The Acacia tree is an enduring sight in Africa with its bright yellow ‘fluff-ball flowers, and holds warm memories for Ardmore founder Fee Halsted. Having always had monkeys around her as a child, these humorous animals full of wit, pranks and intelligence have created a soft spot in her heart, and in turn have provided the inspiration for this striking new ‘conversational’ wallpaper. Designed to create a wide striped effect, this paper is subtle yet will add drama, especially with the addition of our two charming pranksters.
Khulu, meaning ‘most important’ is a very apt name for this grand design featuring classical vases entwined with leopards, parrots, lions and other African animals. This fabulous wallpaper with its watercoloured paintings pays tribute to those renowned vessels recognised today as ‘modern day collectables’ by auction houses such as Christie’s, Bonhams and Sotherbys and displayed in galleries and private collections around the world.
Inspired by the pedestal base of a ceramic vase, this striking leopard spot border design has been created to be hung horizontally around the base of a wall but as a further option it can be hung vertically as a reverse match to create a dramatic and opulent wide graduated stripe. Featuring an ornamental ‘moulded’ edge atop a softly graduated band of leopard spot markings, this border design will be a striking addition to any interior.
Zambezi features a flotilla of boats, originally sculpted by Sotho artist Benet Zondo, captained by an array of animals all floating gently down the Zambezi river in Zimbabwe. Inspired by Operation Noah, a mission led by people in boats to save drowning animals when the Zambezi flooded in the 1960s, this delightful wallpaper will be loved by children and adults alike. Softly coloured zebras monkeys, elephants and hyenas all feature as do the occasional crocodile and haughty flamingo.
Leopards march left and right across this wallpaper, their tails forming patterns and rythms associated with Zulu dance and music. Originally painted by Punch Shabalala, one of Ardmore’s oldest and most esteemed artists, Leopard Walk is a simple yet striking design offered in five colourings including soft greys and taupes, a striking balck and white and a rich and moody charcoal with burnt orange, almost fire-lit leopards.
Named after one of Ardmore’s finest designers, Jabu Nene, this design takes its inspiration from the wonderfully sculptural rhino hand coiled vessels, created by sculptor Somandla Ntshanlintshali. These pots are then intricately painted in eye dazzling colours and patterns by Jabu Nene herself and now form a part of Ardmore’s most well loved signature styles. Our Cole and Son artists have used the markings on these pots to create a wonderfully rich and vibrant vertical stripe, out of which peek a pair of regal white rhinos complete with adorned horns and feathered ruffs. This wallpaper contains a true African spirit with its patterning reminiscent of Zulu basket weaving.
One of the more classical designs within the collection, Matrinah, named after Ardmore designer Matrinah Xaba, reveals an arrangement of ornamental platters and dishes, all intricately patterned with birds and animals and edged with decorative borders and pie crust scallops. These in turn are placed on chalky grounds of olive, taupe, ivory, yellow ochre and pink featuring the softly silhouetted shapes of the vases from the Khulu Vases design.
Inspired by the charmingly naiive patterning of giraffe spots created by young Ardmore artist Senzo Duma, Senzo Spot re-creates the age-old small scale animal print as a smart semi-plain wallpaper. Gilded with small daubs of softly textured metallic or matt chalk, this effortlessly smart and contemporary design is offered in six colourings of stone and white, olive and gold, charcoal and ivory, soft taupe and gold, true leopard, charcoal and black and rich petrol and gold.
Taken from the decorative detailing on a ceramic vase, this pretty decorative border acts as a decorative edging to many of the papers contained within this collection. Designed to be hung both vertically and horizontally it is offered in three colourings of black and white, soft olive and a dramatic burnt orange and charcoal.
Singita, which means ‘Place of Miracles’ is truly just that! This rich and fabulously patterned forest design has been painstakingly and charmingly hand painted using the decorative plant motifs and foliage which adorn the painted dishes and bowls created by Ardmore artists over the years. This rich tapestry-like paper with its glimpses of artist, Alex Sibande’s enigmatic animal travellers strolling through the undergrowth, will create a luxurious backdrop to any interior.
This beautifully patterned wallpaper features a trio of elephants dancing horizontally across the African Plains. Intricately rendered, they are taken from a series of large decorated urns painted by Zinhle Nene which take pride of place in the Ardmore museum. The colouring has been kept quite simple in order to show off the fine hand drawn elements – charcoal, sand and stone provide a softly speckled backdrop to black and white, soft mulberry and rust and cool chalky greys.
The Ardmore Cameos wallpaper is a very personal representation of a series of plates which were created originally as a wedding gift to a ‘friend of Ardmore’. With each animal portrait, including a rather haughty zebra and a quizzical leopard, set against a backdrop of softly drawn giraffe spots, this delightful cartouche wallpaper is offered in four colourings of soft olive, grey, pale khaki and a striking black and white.