Rebecca, once a successful graphic designer and Peter, an illustrator working around the world for Interior Designers, decided to move from London fourteen years ago to set up their new venture. Artisans at heart, together they dreamed of turning their brimming portfolio of patterns, designed over the years, into a collection of fabrics and wallpapers. Deciding on The Cotswolds to call home, they set up their studio and haven’t looked back since.
The Rapture & Wright studio, positioned on the outskirts of the picturesque village on Evenlode, is a place where ideas become designs and those designs become beautiful fabrics and wallpapers. Linen is the base fabric, as it is a sustainable textile that needs very little in the way of pesticides or water to grow the flax and no chemicals are needed in the processing. They also use water based inks and have made a substantial investment in a very impressive “wet system” that ensures any liquid waste is rendered harmless.
However, small scale artisan production is time consuming and physically demanding. Rapture & Wright print to order and with up to 90% of their sales coming from fabric designs they have a heavy workload, printing approximately 3,000 meters by hand a year! When you see the work involved you realise this is no easy task.
That said, their small-scale production means they can be flexible and create bespoke colourways at an affordable additional cost. This is a feature that we really like as it means we can make sure that colours work perfectly with other elements in a room such as artwork. They are also happy to customise some of their designs so that they have a fade effect.
Each fabric is personal and subtly different, reflecting the hand of the maker. Far from being trapped by tradition, Rapture & Wright adapt age old techniques in clever ways to make fabrics and wallpapers for contemporary and classical tastes alike. Rebecca and Pete are both modest about their sustainable practise, preferring to be known for the integrity of their designs and their craftsmanship, but it’s that winning marriage of award winning design skills paired with a sustainable ethos that make them such an outstanding design brand that is fit for our times.