Process

The details are details. They make the product. The connections, the connections, the connections. It will in the end be these details that give the product its life.

  • Our method embodies years of research in the various disciplines in paper marbling, which have spanned the globe. The arts of Suminagashi and Ebru, emanating from Japan and Turkey respectively centuries ago are both evident in our collection. However, it is our expansion of these practices that makes Calico Wallpapers truly unique. By drawing from each of these forms we have created something entirely different.
  • Our partnership with Dieu Donné, a non-profit workspace dedicated to papermaking as a contemporary art form, has enabled us to create the largest marbled papers that exist today. After rigorous testing of paper materials we finally settled on the perfect recipe for handmade cotton paper, which was used to create large scale originals in our two signature styles - Wabi and Lunaris

Collection

Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key...

  • Wabi

    The origins of Wabi are found
    in the landscapes of the ancient
    east, conjuring the feel of water
    flowing over pebbles.

  • Night

    Expressive of the darker side,
    Night conjures the feeling of
    obsidian shimmering in moonlight.


Our Story

Who ever said that pleasure wasn't functional?

      • Raised in a post and beam house on Martha’s Vineyard, Rachel spent her days stitching crystals into cloth and binding books with twigs, which fostered a love for material and process. Later, as a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design in Sculpture, she exhibited her artwork in New York, Philadelphia, Paris, and elsewhere. Rachel has now returned to her roots with Calico, embracing a hands-on approach to the artisanal process of paper marbling.

      • As owner of the design/build firm Dark Green, Nicholas regularly produces projects in the luxury residential interior sphere. He has also recently collaborated on a variety of custom commercial projects with such esteemed fashion brands as Opening Ceremony and Paul Smith. Nicholas brings over a decade of interior design and build experience to Calico.