Deckle edge paper

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Handmade or machine-made paper with an irregular, untrimmed edge. Deckle edge paper is considered ornamental and is usually of a high quality. Handmade paper form a deckle edge when extra paper fibers flow against and under the mold frame forming a rough uneven edge. Machine-made deckle paper simulates the rough edges by either removing the edging frame prior to manufacture or by tearing the edges of the dry paper after production.

See Handmade paper.

Synonyms and Related Terms

featheredge paper; deckled edge paper

Resources and Citations

  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
  • E.J.LaBarre, Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Paper and Paper-making, Swets & Zeitlinger, Amsterdam, 1969
  • Silvie Turner, Which Paper?, Design Press, New York, 1991
  • A Glossary of Paper Conservation Terms, Margaret Ellis (ed.), Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York City, 1998