This is Arkiv Engblad. A tribute to our fantastic heritage of wallpapers whose contemporary, stylish designs have been our hallmark for more than 170 years.
A collection of 14 historical wallpapers that have been carefully chosen and updated to make them feel as apposite now as they were then.
They express today’s style-conscious décor without compromising the relaxed and inclusive ambience that should welcome you as you enter a room. That you want to come home to.
Acanthus was designed back in the 1850s by Kåbergs Tapetfabrik using the block printing technique. It began to be mass produced in the late 1960s. Acanthus is a striking plant with stately spires of flowers and has long been a favourite and popular motif for designs. We are now giving it a new lease of life in six colour schemes, one in a gorgeous shade of deep red and one a luxurious rendition in gold. Simply pick and choose!
This is where it began. The idea for this collection came from Näckros, a wonderful design created in the 1950s by Göteborgs Tapetfabrik. It expresses itself through colours and shapes that form a wonderful pattern in which no two flowers are alike. The blossoms and water fuse into one with a natural, vivid charm through the skilful brush strokes of Bent Karlby, the Danish architect and designer. In addition to frequent commissions from Göteborgs Tapetfabrik in the 1950s, Bent Karlby also designed lamps and textiles.
Shaving been in storage since 1927, the wallpaper was somewhat timeworn when we found it. But it was a look that we decided to keep when we redesigned Kalmar for this collection. It was love at first sight when we saw the fabulous gold-printed swirls on the ochre-yellow background. We've now updated the design in four colourways that showcase its superbly versatile and everlasting quality. What was fashionable in 1927 is in vogue today. Urban industrial, bohemian rustic or simple elegance - the look depends on how you decide to use it.
Lotura was extra durable wallpaper with simple designs that could adorn most walls in most homes. The name comes from Ivar Johnsson, who was nicknamed "Lotura" when he worked at Engblads Tapetfabrik, the wallpaper factory where the design came into being in 1957. Typical for the era with its linear style. Gravure and screen printing are used to create its fine, distinct lines. We decided to keep a link to the 50s with subdued pastels and a lively lemon yellow. The softness and simplicity of its style bring an almost monochromatic feel to this design. Lotura goes beautifully with Gårda, Ljungqvist Blad and Stilleben.
Magnificent Clematis is a gravure print from Eco in Borås, dated 2006. It was part of Bloom, a very on-trend collection when accent walls were making their way into everyone's home. The massive flowers create a proud statement in new, lively colour schemes. Let’s turn our backs on accent walls and instead fill an entire room with this wonderful floral display. Quietly and elegantly, Clematis winds its way downwards, adding a sense of serenity to a bedroom or living room. The different colourways amplify the personality of the room.
Göteborgs Tapetfabrik and the designer Karin Ageman are the creators of the artistically-composed design Alger. Karin was a versatile artist, represented in numerous contexts both in Sweden and on the international scene. Dating originally from 1940, the design is called Motto: Alger. Motto stands for what we call theme nowadays. Themes that offer a type of kinship for different designs. Alger is related to Näckros, for instance. A striking design whose austere yet flowing lines spread beautifully over a wall. In this collection, we’ve given it four gorgeous colourways.
Archi Tech was one of the designs in the Eco Tech collection from the factory in Anneberg. It was the first Swedish collection to be printed on non-woven material - what we call easy up. It was a new technique that involved applying paste to the wall and aligning the wallpaper edge-to-edge without overlapping.
We’re not entirely sure whether it's the 1940s or 50s. What we do know, however, is that we fell head over heels for Gårda when we unearthed this hand-painted gem. It exudes a certain naivety and has many a tale to tell. This surface print comes from Ljungqvists Tapetfabrik and the original bears the mark of the German workshop, Atelier Willy Hermann. Gårda forms a harmonious combination with Lotura and the pastels in Sigill. We’ve produced a multicoloured and a grey colour scheme on a white background that looks especially good in the hallway, kitchen, study, reading corner and children’s room.
Sigill is a design that easily stands out and it caught our eye when we were searching through a box from Norrköpings Tapetfabrik. Of the hundreds of gems we found, it was this particular one that we fell for. A fine goose-eye pattern with a gold emblem from the early 19th century.
Here's a surface print that's reminiscent of the 1950s and 60s, with its impressive and playful line-up of leaves. We located it at Ljungqvists Tapetfabrik and it has the mark of Frank Design in London stamped on it. We're enchanted by all these leaves! They come in two stunning colourways that are particularly suitable for kitchens, hallways and studies.
You find yourself automatically stroking your hand over Norrköping. The design originates from the 1960s, created by the German workshop, Atelier Willy Hermann, whose services were frequently used by the factory in Norrköping. An exciting design that we’ve remodelled many times. We love the worn look of the original so much that we decided to keep it. Norrköping is an eye-catching block pattern that feels exactly right today. It’s amazing that one pattern can be so expressive!
Sour love of stripes never fades. We simply can’t get enough of them. We discovered Salongsrand at the factory in Anneberg and have redesigned it with a focus on creating a stripe that is harmonious in any setting. Salongsrand can be used as a standalone or combined with trendy grey, perhaps in modern, functional-style homes, or as a welcoming green backdrop in a hallway. It creates an elegant look when paired with Acanthus. Its versatility gives you almost unlimited scope. The pattern is available in three different colour schemes.
When this pattern was presented in the Eco Design collection from Eco in Borås in 2004, it was described as a relaxed extravagance with contemporary and bold designs. We've now updated Kvarter by emphasising its simple, geometric style that brings to mind an urban design plan. It’s a pattern that’s easy to like and is both ageless and fashionable at the same time. Something you can’t help liking without really knowing why. Kvarter makes a statement on its own.
Stilleben takes us back to the cosy kitchens of Sweden in the 1950s or 60s. In those days, patterns often showed jam jars, recipes, pots and maybe spices too. We specifically chose Stilleben for its genial design, which fills the home with a warm and inviting ambience. Let it move out of the kitchen to brighten other rooms with its graceful, leafy pattern. Stilleben is a Harmony wallpaper, an extremely robust wallpaper designed by Göteborgs Tapetfabrik in the 1960s.
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