Izumi is the old name the Kizu River.
In ancient times the area along the river thrived as a key point
connecting the cities of Kyoto and Osaka and became known for the fine textiles produced there.
As our wallpapers are made with techniques traditionally used to weave those textiles,
and our desire is to share these wallpapers from Kyoto with Japan and the larger world
so that new lifestyles may emerge from them, we chose the name “Izumi.”
Textile design requires an intimate knowledge of the production process.
One must take advantage of the natural characteristics of the materials,
calculate how the use of colors and overlapping will affect the finish,
and go through a process of trial and error
to finally arrive at beauty hitherto unseen.
In an age where processes in the textile industry are divided
among many specialized producers,
we created Izumi in one of the few mills in the world
where everything is done in one spot―from the spinning
of thread and weaving all the way to the finished product.
Materials constitute the most important element of textiles. Carefully
selecting materials of the highest quality, and subjecting them to only the
bare minimum of processing so that the inherent qualities of the materials
are not diminished…therein lies the essence of Japanese culture.
The best elements of a culture arise from the abundant interplay between people
and nature. The rich climate of the Kizu River and the rich heritage of textiles
developed and refined over many centuries to suit people’ s needs and lifestyles …
these things are still being passed down from generation to generation.
Textile design begins as a dialogue with the materials. One must have
an intimate knowledge of the characteristics of each material used and
be able to combine various techniques to bring out their inherent charm.
In this way, we do not make designs, but rather engender them.
The history of Japanese textiles goes back to the making of mosquito
nets. Our ideal is to be successors to techniques that have always been
around but at the same time explore new possibilities for interiors. True
traditions never fail to evolve.
Our textile wallpapers are rich in color and texture,
and softly catch the sunlight and indoor lighting.
Spinning the threads, dyeing them,
and weaving them into clot―by altering how those processes are combined,
the possible looks that can be achieved are limitless.
These wallpapers will envelop your room with the authentic texture
and warmth made possible by the confluence
of the right people, techniques, and materials.