WALLPAPER FEVER: 10 BEST EXOTIC PATTERNS

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The fashion of exotic patterns wallpapers started the end of the 19th century, during the colonial era, when many department stores in London started to produce fabrics and wallpapers inspired to those tropical countries the British Empire used to own. Then, during the 30’s/40’s there was a revival of these patterns, started in the USA, that gave to tropical prints new fame around the globe. This fashion lasted till the 70’s from when on the wallpaper star started to decline, being considered something old and not fashionable at all.

In recent times many world famous interior designers resumed the wallpaper vogue, with particular attention to those exotic pattern that used to be swish in the 50’s-60’s-70’s. So, considering this new fashion, we made a list of our 10 favorite exotic patterns for those who want to feel in Tropics even during their everyday life.

Palmeral Green. House of Hackney

The Palmeral print pays homage to Loddiges, one of the world’s largest palm houses based in Hackney during the Georgian period. A Mecca for tropical plants, it was the original inspiration for many of the species at Kew Gardens today. An Art Deco inspired patio print, Palmeral features an explosion of palm leaves reminiscent of 1930s Palm Springs.

Wallpaper from 148 £/roll ; Cotton/linen from 75 £/mt.

exotic patterns

exotic patterns

Jardin d’Osier. Hermes

Inspired by an Indian garden with its flowers, shrubs and fountains, this new design by Pierre Marie illustrates a refined world in which the profusion of plants and flowers symbolises serenity and well-being. The Jardin d’osier wallpaper is available in three colourways (green, gray, yellow) to create infinite gardens.

Price upon request.

exotic patterns

exotic patterns

Acquario. Fornasetti for Cole and Son

The fish theme appears in some of the earliest Fornasetti work, and this design adopts some of the motifs used on decorative trays. Picked for their whimsical and naive appearance and set on a subtle washed background. This design repeats on a single roll at 68.5cm wide.

Wallpaper from 215 Euro/roll.

exotic patterns

exotic patterns

Palmeral Blue. House of Hackney 

The Palmeral print pays homage to Loddiges, one of the world’s largest palm houses based in Hackney during the Georgian period. A Mecca for tropical plants, it was the original inspiration for many of the species at Kew Gardens today. An Art Deco inspired patio print, Palmeral features an explosion of palm leaves reminiscent of 1930s Palm Springs.

Wallpaper from 148 £/roll ; Cotton/linen from 75 £/mt.

exotic patterns

exotic patterns

Flourish. Dedar

Lustrous and three-dimensional, this refined embroidered pattern on a slightly irregular silk ground is inspired by Moorish floral motifs, revisited in a geometric and contemporary key.

Wall Fabric from 216 Euro/mt plus VAT

exotic patterns

exotic patterns

Palm Leaf White Floral. Laura Ashley

Featuring a stylized palm leaf pattern, this versatile wallpaper mixes and matches wonderfully with other nature-inspired designs.

Wallpaper from 20 £/mt.

exotic patterns

exotic patterns

Bananier. Pierre Frey

Banana and coconut trees lulled by trade winds. Wallpaper screen printed by hand. Untrimmed. Available in paper or fabric.

Price upon request.

exotic patterns

exotic patterns

Baldwin Bamboo. Scalamandré

Available in many colors, this wallpaper recalls bamboo waves of exotic and Chippendale furniture. Chinese touches for a classic and timeless attire.

From 208 $/roll.

exotic patterns

exotic patterns

Parrots. Au Fil del Coleurs

Parotts among the lives in a tropical ambience for this extremely filler wallpaper.

Price upon request.

exotic patterns

exotic patterns

Martinique Beverly Hills 90210 Banana Leaf. Designer Wallcovering

Designed in 1942 for the exclusively for the Beverly Hills hotel by Don Loper. It is one of the most iconic wallpapers of the XX century. Chosen by many Hollywood stars for their homes, it’s sold only through the Beverly Hills Hotel website.

Price upon request.

exotic patterns

exotic patterns

Martinique Beverly Hills 90210 Banana Leaf. Designer Wallcovering

Designed in 1942 for the exclusively for the Beverly Hills hotel by Don Loper. It is one of the most iconic wallpapers of the XX century. Chosen by many Hollywood stars for their homes, it’s sold only through the Beverly Hills Hotel website.

Price upon request.

Words by Federico Sigali

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