Florentine Flowers is inspired in part by Beata’s time spent studying art in Florence, where many buildings are decorated with the Florentine Giglio. The floral motif has been a symbol of the city for centuries, inspired by the Iris Fiorentina that grow wild along the Arno river valley and hills around the city. Although the design may appear uniform at first glance, there are in fact three variations of the hand drawn motif with subtle variations that imbue the wallpaper with personality and warmth, revealing themselves to a keen and watchful eye. From some angles the Florentine Flowers appear to mimic the plume like crown of our Dodo Egg Light, but from others, petals akin to the lily of the French 'Fleur De Lis' - rumoured to have sprung from the tears shed by Eve as she left Eden.
A slightly smaller scale than our fabric version, each motif of our Florentine Flowers wallpaper is blocked in England and sold in 10 metre rolls. The paper ground is hand painted and each colour in the design is separated and applied in successive stages. The roll is then hung over a festoon to dry and trimmed in the traditional manner.