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Publication Date: 2019-05-01

Behind the Design

Behind the Design: The Vibrant Fabrics of Ailanto Design by Amanda Ferragamo

Founded just two years ago, London-based Ailanto has already made a name for itself in producing nature-inspired fabrics and wallpapers in unique colors. Cofounded by Tuscany-based Amanda Ferragamo and Australia-based designer Keeley Green, the firm develops fabrics and wallpapers that can suit homes of all types, from urban apartments to country residences. And both partners know a thing or two about creating stunning homes—Amanda and her family renovated Il Borro, a medieval village in Tuscany that's now an acclaimed Relais & Chateaux property. 

Each Ailanto pattern is hand drawn and designed by Amanda, and each has a story to tell, whether it's about the stunning landscapes of Tuscany or the subtle intricacies of the botanical and cultural worlds. All the brand's fabrics are produced in the Lake Como region of Italy to the highest standards, while wallpapers are printed in the U.K. The collections bridge traditional and modern designs, offering a unique and timeless solution to spaces of all styles. See some of our favorite Ailanto collections below.

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Venezia Metallics

Inspired by the ornate tiles and patterns found throughout Venice along with the traditional block printing style of the area, the Venezia collection is a departure from Ailanto’s traditional botanic prints. Shown is the Venezia Grande Reverse Bianca on Grigio Wallpaper with a pillow in Venezia Metallic Gold on Plum fabric; metallics are also available in Copper on Plum, Sage on Sage, Silver on Grey, and Silver on Blue. Venezia is also available in Grande prints (Verde, Arancia, Bleu, and Naturale), and Piccolo prints (also Verde, Arancia, Bleu, and Naturale).

The Juggler

The Juggler is a whimsical, intricately painted design that’s symbolic of something much greater than itself. At the top of the design, the female music conductor represents the music that our lives move to; just below, a male juggler is tossing balls in the air that represent all of our varying responsibilities. A mischievous monkey, elegant tiger, and beautiful parrots complete the tableau, telling us that life has more unpredictable plans in store for us than we can foresee. The Juggler is available in wallpaper and fabric; shown above is Delightfully Elegant Fabric. Quietly Enchanting Fabric and Midnight in the Garden Fabric are also available. Coordinating stripe designs are also available, as described below.

Pratomagno Pini

Inspired by Rome’s umbrella pine trees, which were originally planted to shade soldiers marching down the Appian Way, Pratomagno Pini is a striking organic design available in wallpaper and fabric. Shown above is the dramatic Fig Purple; also available in other shades including Charcoal & Putty, Sage Grey, and Burnt Orange.

Pratomagno Semi

Pratomagno Semi takes its inspiration from the seeds of the Ailanto plant, which grows wild in Tuscany and produces beautiful flowers in the spring. Available in wallpaper and fabric, Semi comes in distinct colorways including Fuchsia Seed & Pink (shown above), Gold Seed & Sage, Lilac Seed & Coffee, and Smoke Purple.

Pratomagno Melograno Grande

The Melograno collection is inspired by the symmetrical design of the ancient pomegranate fruit, a sign of luck in Italy. The pattern comes in two sizes, Grande and Piccolo, and is available for wallpaper and fabric in several different colorways. Shown above is Pratomagno Melograno Grande in Terracotta & Biscuit; it is also available in colors including Coffee & Lilac, Midnight & Gold, and Violet & Midnight.

Pratomagno Sambuco

Reminiscent of an old botanical drawing, Pratomagno Sambuco is inspired by the rich black berries that adorn elderflower bushes. The delicate design is available in fabric and wallpaper and is available in several colorways: Coffee & PinkViolet & Sea Green (shown left to right above), Berry Red & Ebony Green, Sketch White on Grey Blue, and Sketch Navy on White.

The Juggler Broad Not Bored

Designed to accompany the Juggler collection, the Broad Not Bored pattern is a classic striped design that can fit in with any room type. Colors include Blue on Mushroom (shown) and Turquoise on Blue; it’s also available in a thinner striped design called Stripe Me Skinny, which is available in Plum and Pumpkin.

Carciofi

The Carciofi Collection comes in wallpaper and fabric and celebrates one of the great foods of Italy—artichokes. “Artichokes are such a wonderful delicacy in Tuscany, enjoyed particularly in the springtime,” says Ferragamo. “In terms of inspiration, this design came about after picking a thistle when out walking in the Pratomagno hills. I couldn’t resist after noticing the wonderful vibrant colors.” Shown is Aqua & Olive wallpaper; also available in shades including Charcoal & Putty and Forest Green & Magenta. The coordinating prints include Leaf Me Alone (available in colors including Blue & Magenta, White & Grey, and Purple & Olive) and Broad Not Bored (available in options including Plum on Beige, Purple on Olive, and Grey on Grey).

Carciofi Leaf Me Alone

Part of the Carciofi Collection, Leaf Me Alone continues the theme of the Carciofi print with a special focus on the symmetrical, geometric design of the artichoke leaf. These designs can work on their own or in coordination with the rest of the collection, available in both wallpaper and fabric. Shown above is Purple & Olive.

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