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paulownia, the imperial tree


Opulent marquetry designs crafted from exquisite wood

The Paulownia tree, originally known as Kiri, was initially discovered in Japan. It made its way to Europe in 1835 through the efforts of Philipp Franz von Siebold, a renowned collector of Japanese plants. In recognition of Imperial Grand Duchess Anne Pavlovna’s contribution to botany, von Siebold bestowed the tree with a new name, « Paulownia ».

The Imperialis collection presents a wide array of opulent marquetry designs crafted from this exquisite wood.

In various art deco patterns, the wood veneer is delicately placed against a gilded backdrop.

The wood is also used in its purest form to showcase the elegance of uncomplicated geometries.