The heritage of Wallquest Inc. goes back to the 1820's.
The Lafoy family of Lyon, France have been involved with wallpaper from that time until the present. In 1938 Henry Lafoy founded a wallpaper business which was titled Consortium du Papier Peint. This company pioneered many developments in wallpaper, the most important of which was truly permanent printing or inalterable wallpaper. The name of the company became Inaltera S.A. (inalterable).
Henry introduced héliogravure (rotogravure) printing and paper backed vinyl to wallpaper. Inaltera produced surface print, hand flock, rotogravure, handprint, transfer print and many different types of textile wallcoverings. They also produced an ancient product based on casein (milk) inks.
In 1976 Inaltera S.A. created a subsidiary in New York City called Inaltera Wallcoverings Inc. This company imported the prestigious wallcoverings from France. Growth was strong as the quality products with an avante garde tendency gained international recognition. There were many famous installations of our products, including the White House and numerous stars.
Through mergers and acquisitions the fortunes of Inaltera SA changed for the good. In 1985, the current management of the US Company bought the shares from the French parent and changed the name to Wallquest Inc.
The company searched the world for unique, leading edge wallcovering products. The company operated as a converter and importer until it began producing domestically in Wayne, Pennsylvania in 1994.
Today Wallquest is one of the most innovative wallpaper manufacturers in the world. Quality, color and design, product innovation and unwavering dedication to tradition have earned the company a respected place in the global home furnishings sector. Its products are made in the United States and sold in more than sixty countries. In 2011 Wallquest was named as the Small Business Exporter of the Year by the US Export Import bank.
The company is now family owned and operated just like Henry Lafoy would have liked.
Wallquest's Environmental Policy
As one of the largest and most innovative wallpaper manufacturers in the world, Wallquest Inc. have recognized the importance of decreasing its carbon footprint.
Wallquest takes an environmentally friendly approach toward wallpaper production. Our wallpaper collections are printed on paper from well-managed, renewable forests or recycled sources, using water-based inks. No excess ink or waste water is released into the public water system during the production process. All residual water and ink is thoroughly filtered by a third-party firm before it is returned to the environment.
In 2008 Wallquest introduced the Eco Chic™ wallpapers. Eco Chic™ papers are designed to have as little impact on our shared eco-system as possible. The process begins with selecting our sources of paper from suppliers who use only pulp from well-managed renewable resource forests or recycled resources.
As of June 2010 Wallquest is using only paper from FSC® Certified sources for our wallpaper collections. This paper is sourced from suppliers who use only pulp from FSC Certified sources. See the FSC website for more information about the FSC mark and our certification.
Please look for these logos when choosing an environmentally friendly design from Wallquest.