A Peek at How our Handmade Wallcoverings are Created

Maya Romanoff

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A Peek at How our Handmade Wallcoverings are Created

October 18 2016

Besides the beauty and quality of our finished products, perhaps the thing we're most proud of at Maya Romanoff is the process by which our collections are made. Each length of wallcovering we offer is entirely made by hand, created by a team of craftsmen over the course of hours, and even days, until it's just right. Not only that, but it's made in the U.S.A.,too, right in the factory adjacent our offices just north of Chicago. To share a deeper insight into just how involved the handmade process can be, we interviewd David Berkowitz, our Vice President of Manufacturing and Product Development. 

In general, how long does it take to make each wall covering?

This varies, depending on the number of steps involved. The most time is spent in the set-up, which involves gathering the raw materials and mixing color. In general, it takes 1-3 days to produce each wallcovering.

Which wall covering is the most time consuming, and how long does it take to produce?

Our tie-dye wallcovering from the Anniversary Collection is one of the more laborious products that we produce. The paper is hand-tied, then, once the dyes are color matched, the hand-tied paper is dipped in dye, untied, re-tied, re-dipped, untied, ironed, and coated with a lacquer finish.

How many people typically work on each wall covering from start to finish?

Our artisans typically work in teams of two or three, and a product could be touched by numerous teams, at every step.

What sort of training does Maya Romanoff's production team go through? How long have most of them been on staff?

We are fortunate to have many employees that have been with us for over 10, 20 or 30 years. We cross train our artisans so they have the ability to work on a variety of products, adding to the versatility and flexibility of our staff, and the efficiency of our production.

Since the wallcoverings are entirely made by hand, how do you ensure quality control between one roll and the next?

As Maya said, it's one thing to make a handmade product beautiful, but the true magic is in our ability to make it over and over again with consistent results.

It boils down to establishing smart, efficient processes and techniques, cross-training our teams, and of course, building in quality control measures at every step of the process.

What is one interesting thing most people wouldn't know about the production of the Maya Romanoff collections?

The biggest surprise seems to be when designers tour our factory.  Designers are in awe and amazed when they see first hand that our products are made by hand and in the USA!

To see more about our factory and how our products are made, take our Studio Tour on YouTube!