Pihlgren ja Ritola

Designs with a Heritage

Pihlgren ja Ritola is a traditional wallpaper manufacturer with a one-of-a-kind, historical collection of wallpaper designs from the late 19th century to the 1970's. We've been in business since 1930, so craftsmanship and tradition is in our nature. We believe that creating a truly expressive wallpaper takes a little effort, so for us, paint and paper is the way to go - as it’s been for decades.

Our collection features a wide selection of different styles. Classic, revival-style wallpapers as well as delicate mid-century modern designs, and colourful designs of the 1960's and 1970's. Most of our current collections have been in production continuously for decades and are yet widely celebrated in contemporary interiors. Our flagship collection, Designer Collection, features exclusive designs from the most renowned Finnish designers of the 1950's, and has the signature features of the mid-century Scandinavian designs.

We print our papers with mid-century machinery, which employs an old surface-printing technique called rotary printing. The printing rollers are mostly original and handmade, so the impression they make is vivid and highly unique. Before every batch, our skilled craftsmen mix the colours by hand using cellulose starch, water and pigments. This has everything to do with the variety and depth of the designs, which is something you don’t come by every day.

Who are we?

Our story begins in Finland, in the year 1930 when two young men Fritjof Pihlgren and Matti Ritola bought an old surface printing press from Germany. They started out with a small collection of 18 wallpapers, which were printed in a small workshop in Toijala. Times were hard, but in only seven years they were able to build a new factory in a new location, where we still operate today. The golden years of post-war Finland meant a huge upturn for the wallpaper industry: even the factory was expanded by half and was fully modernised to meet the standards of that time. Incidentally, the 1950's machinery turned out to be of great quality, since we still use it in our everyday printing process.

Today, Pihlgren ja Ritola is a proud heir of this legacy. We are the only wallpaper manufacturer who employs traditional printing methods in Finland – the last remaining of many. In our factory we keep the cultural history alive by reproducing and regenerating that history every day, trusting that in today's world there can be a slower pace to do things. By far, it’s not the easiest way, but it’s the way in which we put great importance. We believe that quality takes time, and only time can make more than meets the eye.

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