Decorated paper has served bookmakers and others quite well for centuries, and this digital collection pays tribute to that artistic tradition and practice. Created by the University of Washington Libraries, this database showcases decorated and decorative papers from Germany, France, and Italy. Visitors can browse the collection by keyword, though they may wish to begin their journey through the site by looking over the "Pattern Examples" area. Here they can learn about patterns such as antique straight, dahlia, and the lovely and colorful double comb. The site is rounded out by essays on marbled and paste papers. Overall, the site is a fascinating way to learn about an art form that is sometimes overlooked.
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