Width x Length: 52cm x 10m
Pattern Repeat: 64cm
Match: Straight Match
The sophisticated pattern of Kalahari imbues even the smallest space with a sense of intrigue. Textures in spiced browns, cool neutrals and verdant shades of fern and crocodile nestle on a mysterious ebony ground. Inspired by an Ardmore tortoise print that resembles a stylised star, the Cole & Son artists created a geometric burst repeat.
Kalahari’s visual composition is almost like a musical score, an orderly rhythm punctuated by the resonant booms of larger shapes and a cadence of smaller silhouettes. Playing with perspective and focus, the design could be the labyrinthine markings on one tortoise’s shell – or dozens of tortoises clustered at the edge of a watering hole.
The etching of Kalahari’s print creates a watercolour effect, the organic shapes and line weights adding warmth and vitality, followed by a stencil-like outline for a contemporary crispness.