Laid paper

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Chalk on blue laid paper
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Color etching on laid paper
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Laid paper

A type of Paper, typically hand-made that has a visible fine grid Watermark over the entire sheet. The pattern in laid paper is produced by the wire screen used in its manufacture. The parallel lines in one direction are heavier and more widely spaced than those in the orthogonal direction.

Synonyms and Related Terms

wire line; wire mark; papier vergé (Fr.)

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Bernard Toale, The Art of Papermaking, Davis Publications, Portland OR, 1983
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • A Glossary of Paper Conservation Terms, Margaret Ellis (ed.), Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York City, 1998
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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