Decorated paper

The decorated paper collection is part of the KB's Paper Historical Collection. It is among the most important collections in this field worldwide. The collections comprises c. 12,000 sheets and contains specimens of all forms and types of decorated paper. The most important groups are marbled papers, paste papers, brocade papers, block-printed papers and papers made by means of modern printing techniques. The decorated papers are classified by type, provenance and maker/publisher. The collection covers the period from the end of the sixteenth century to the present.

Apart from loose leaves, there are several examples of the application of decorated papers, for instance as simple decorated wrappers for brochures, dissertations and orations.

The web exhibition shows a small selection of old and modern decorated papers. Click on one of the examples below to view a category of decorated paper.