Handblock printing is a skill that originated in the great French wallpaper factories of the 18th century, and gave France its international reputation as a country of style and taste. Replaced by industrial processes, it gradually disappeared over the centuries. In 1999, the Atelier d'Offard revived it.
Our motifs are printed on a plate for the pictorial richness created by the craftsman's gesture, the appearance of paint pressed onto the paper, the movement of the pigment, the quality of the materials, raw and deep.
Handblock printing consists of transferring the paint onto the paper by means of an engraved stamp: the block. This pad, inked with a roller, is placed on the paper and then pressed under several tons. Colour after colour, the pattern appears.