Absorbent paper

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Soft, unsized paper that readily absorbs water and other liquids. It is made from high-quality, specially ground, chemical pulp that often contains Linters (Kuhn 1986). Examples are Blotting paper, Filter paper, and paper towels. Additionally, absorbent papers may be used as the base paper in the manufacture of Imitation leather and Parchment paper (Roberts and Etherington 1982).

Synonyms and Related Terms

waterleaf; blotter; blotting paper; filter paper; paper towel; bibulous paper

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 574
  • Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Silvie Turner, Which Paper?, Design Press, New York, 1991
  • Walter Hopwood, Personal Communication, 2001.