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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.

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  • 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 centuries ago are both evident in our inaugural 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 signature styles – Wabi, Lunaris, and Night
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  • Inspired by horizons at dawn and the phenomena of light, new Aurora papers are meant to immerse viewers in waves and washes of color. The work was developed following extensive research in the arts of fabric dying - mineral pigments such as ultramarine and indigo are suspended in liquid and transferred by hand to organic linen. The result is 16 exquisite patterns ranging from simple to complex and delicate to bold.
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Collection

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    Amaranth

    It starts with a seed. Amaranth is the long forgotten word for ‘unfading flower.’

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    Azure

    Often described as the color of the sky on a clear summer’s day, Azure is fresh, buoyant and delightful.

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    Bayou

    On the Bayou there is little movement, yet in the still green water there is an unparalleled allure.

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    Eclipse

    While looking at the horizon at midnight, one just might catch a glimpse of the striking Eclipse above.

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    Heaven

    The kingdom of Heaven is like electricity. You don’t see it because it is within you.

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    Marrakesh

    Some say that the largest souk in the world is in Marrakesh, a city of smoke and hushed conversation in the night.

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    Mist

    I enter the Mist to find
    the way, but am only
    deeper and deeper lost
    in it’s charm.

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    Moss

    Always found on the north side of trees, a bit of Moss only flourishes in the shade.

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    Neon

    Like Shibuya after dark,
    Neon is dazzling and even
    a bit overwhelming to some.

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    Peat

    Peat is much like the
    mire that it came from
    – cool and collected.

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    Petal

    Can a Petal alone be
    more beautiful than
    the rose itself ?

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    Ray

    A song to the feeling of dawn on the Atlantic, Ray never fails to capture our heart each morning.

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    Standard

    Heat. Musk.
    Standard may be the
    feeling of love or lust.

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    Tulum

    Sand underfoot and temples by
    crystal clear water – Tulum is
    paradise by the sea.

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    Ultraviolet

    Ultraviolet can be a bit dangerous.
    A teenage fantasy sends us to
    the very brink and beyond.

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    Well

    Endless and deep,
    Well is rich and enticing
    in a mysterious manner.

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    Cloud

    When gazing at the sky,
    often there is one Cloud
    that takes myriad forms.

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    River

    The origins of Cloud are found in the landscapes of the ancient east, invoking the quality of water flowing over pebbles.

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    Bone

    Like the remnants of a lost culture, Bone speaks to time immemorial.

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    Fog

    It is easy to get lost in the Fog,
    of this there is no question.

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    Smoke

    When there is Smoke there is fire, though this is not always the case.

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    Midnight

    Inspired by photography of moonscapes and uninhabited space, Midnight feels both hypnotic and tranquil.

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    Aubergine

    Like the color of a royal,
    Aubergine is exquisite
    and refined beyond measure.

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    Slate

    Expressive of the darker side,
    Slate conjures the feeling of
    obsidian shimmering in darkness.

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    Indigo

    Finding the perfect tone of
    Indigo can be a challenge,
    but one to relish.



Our Story

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    • Rachel

      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.

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    • Nicholas

      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.