Our History

Robert Hamlin-Wright developed a passion for printing at Hornsey Art College; after he completed his studies he set up a printing business with his brother Nigel in 1976. They built their first print table in old chicken sheds, from here they gradually started to build a client base in the fashion industry; some of their clients of the time included Ossie Clark, Caroline Charles and Frank Usher.

Several years later, Robert started printing furnishing fabrics, which led to a long period in which he transitioned from contract printing to producing his own line of fabrics. In 1985 it seemed a logical move to expand into wallpaper. He constructed his first machine from parts purchased from Osbourne and Little in the old Pall Mall Mail Deposit building in Ladbroke Grove.

In 1993 Robert decided to move his wallpaper production over to a flexographic machine. The improved finish prompted a change of direction back to contract printing, marking the beginning of lasting relationships with a number of wallpaper designers and companies. Robert moved to Norfolk in 1996, and the factory moved with him. The machines were set up in a new unit in the countryside. Robert went into partnership with his wife Belynda, and together they founded the new business as The Art of Wallpaper. Things went so well that the company expanded to a larger space in 2008, which is where production continues today. The factory has continued to expand; the most recent development being our 34 metre screen printing table and carriage, built in 2014.