Growing up in France and Switzerland, I have always been fascinated by South America, the continent of my mother.  With family in Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru, I started travelling around the region from a young age and found that every country I visited had a common enchanting spell.   

I was nostalgic for this unique atmosphere every time I returned home and created Kariokas with the aim of adding a tropical South American touch to interiors through textiles and wallpapers. The images and colors I use in the collections are reminiscent of the region’s luxuriant landscapes, flora and fauna and irresistible “joie de vivre”.

More particularly, the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro has always felt like a second home, where I truly belong despite living more than 5000 miles aways. Hence, the name "Kariokas" was chosen in reference to "Cariocas" the inhabitants of Rio. As if we could all become a bit "Cariocas" ourselves when living with my designs.

Our products, while inspired by South America, are manufactured in France, Switzerland and Germany by responsible suppliers using high quality materials and state of the art techniques, allowing my hand-drawn and hand-painted designs to retain their unique aesthetic when translated into printed products.

A wide range of Kariokas products are available in our e-shop and ship internationally.

For special projects, we can do customer made designs to decorate your walls, furniture or textiles accessories. Contact us at for pricing and availability.

I hope that Kariokas designs will make you travel.




© Charlotte Valade