New Japanese-Inspired Wallpapers from Farrow and Ball

Farrow and Ball are launching four new wallpapers today inspired by traditional Japanese craftsmanship.

The organic shapes in the papers embrace the current trend for shibori and popularity of Japanese style and design. Evocative of peaceful rural Japan, these artisanal papers are made using real Farrow & Ball paints traditionally printed onto painted ground papers, creating a uniquely textured appearance that enhances the natural forms in the designs. Let's check them out!


Amime meaning the space between netting; is also taken from a pen and ink drawing. It is a beautifully textured woven design that conjures picturesque scenes of Japanese fishermen repairing their nets.

Aranami meaning raging waves; is taken from a painstakingly crafted papercut design which Farrow & Ball upscaled to create a detailed, flowing pattern.

Shouchikubai meaning apricot, bamboo and pine, all plants associated with celebration; has a very Oriental feel, featuring flowers, bamboo and trees in distinctively Japanese hexagonal frames. It is taken from a metallic print found in Kyoto.

Yukutori meaning birds flying away in a group; is a simple design taken from a mid-twentieth century Japanese pen and ink drawing. The soft outlines of birds float across the paper creating a delicately patterned effect that could be as easily interpreted as the crests of waves or mountain tops.

Click here to see inspiration behind the papers and here for more info.

Jan Halvarson

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