Extra Large Tiger-Eye Hand Marbled Paper Sheet, No.1


Marbling, which first appeared in Asia around the twelfth century and travelled to Europe through Persia and Turkey, only became prolific in Britain in the mid-nineteenth century. Unfortunately, like many precious and wonderful things, the industrial revolution put an end to a dynamic hand-bookbinding industry, and by extension the production of hand decorated papers. Today, marbling is the reserved territory of a few artisans. Around the world they are called upon by libraries and antiquarian book specialists to restore and preserve some of our most precious manuscripts from the past.

The patterns chosen and presented here are each completely unique and modern interpretations of popular Victorian patterns, made by leading European paper marblers, selected by Choosing Keeping for the particular originality and quality of their work.

The unusual tiger eye pattern was first used in the mid 19th century and involves mixing the final colour with a cocktail of chemicals that result in the distinct dispersion that, when perfected, looks like the eye of a tiger. It is less commonly seen as it is very difficult to perfect. 

This is a double sized sheet, hence the higher price. A good option for larger projects and helpful in avoiding seams.

Print type: Hand marbled original work
Dimensions: 66 x 94cm

Sold as a single sheet - while the pattern will remain the same, each sheet is printed individually, so small variations in colour and pattern rhythm can occur and are an inherent part of the item sold.