Stories

While exploring the collection, connect with the stories of time-honored traditions that reveal how the product is made and the processes passed down through generations to create patterns for the market today.

A COLLABORATION STORY

Takumi, a Japanese word meaning artisan, is the essence of this stunning collection. As a Sangetsu Group collaboration, these designs bring crafted pieces of art to the wall. While exploring the collection, connect with the stories of these time-honored traditions – they reveal how the product is made and the processes passed down through generations to create patterns for the market today.

Enjoy the journey.

FOIL STORY

The method of producing gold leaf is universal, having remained essentially unchanged over thousands of years. The base material for these products is mainly washi paper. The process of hand stamping on washi paper is very delicate and requires a high level of skill, patience, and concentration.

Takumi features a range of foils from platinum and gold leaf to silver foil and silver foil discolored by firing it with sulfur. Various types of foils such as brass, aluminum, and tin foil are also used.

The standard design of gold leaf is called Hiraoshi, which is an orderly arrangement of square foil. Foil’s presence and elegance make it a favorite choice in high-end luxury interior spaces around the world.

A WEAVER'S STORY

Since the 1930s, the Japanese textile industry has been manufacturing woven Fusuma paper made from natural materials such as cotton and hemp. Soon after, they began to weave thin textiles made of rayon yarn that was newly developed from wood pulp.

A woven fabric is made by spinning together thousands of threads, twisted and dyed in different colors, lengthwise and crosswise. The rich creativity and traditional skills of artisans, who are well-versed in the characteristics of the material, are evident in the woven wallpapers and the coloration and layering of the finished product.

Our woven wallpapers fuse tradition with new technology and will contribute to society by conveying the rich culture of Japan to the world and enriching people’s lives.

WASHI PAPER STORY

The word washi comes from “Wa” meaning Japanese and “Shi” meaning paper. Washi Paper is a traditional Japanese paper made from plant fiber and relies heavily on manual methods of production. It involves a long and intricate process that is often undertaken in the cold weather of winter, as pure, cold running water is essential to the creation of washi.

For centuries, colorful designs applied by woodblock have been made for decorative use, including hand-painted effects. Washi is traditionally used in screens, lamps, and blinds, taking advantage of its translucency. As a craft, washi is considered to be part of Japan’s cultural heritage dating back 1,400 years. The washi papers featured in Takumi are hand painted with the delicate touch of an artist’s brush to create a unique look for the wall.

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TAKUMI PLAYLIST

The stories of Takumi are brought to life through immersive videos that give you a front row seat to the creation of these hand-crafted works of art.

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Examples

Pattern #: LUZ1-11
Pattern Name: Luzon
Color: Blue
Brand: Walltalkers
Designer: Patty Madden
Pattern Style: Geometric