Collectible paper can be old and precious or new with special textures or colors.
With gift-wrapping season in full swing, collectible paper can have two uses. First, it can be used for create extra special gift wrapping. Or, it can be used as a gift in its own right.
What I mean by collectible paper can be anything from a vintage label to exquisite handmade sheets of paper with various types of designs or textures. My idea about using special collectible paper as a gift in its own right was sparked by photos of a tiny specialized antique paper gallery in Brussels. Sadly, the gallery closed last year. Yet I cannot look at these two photos without thinking that I need to make a trip to the art supply store on main street in our town and dig into the wonderful handmade papers they sell.
The notebooks bound in antique domino papers [top] are so lovely they make me want to customize journals for friends. Papiers dominotés were used to cover paperback books in the 18th century. The idea is still good today because so many of the blank notebooks I see for sale have generic covers. Personalizing a notebook makes it more private, I think.
A photo of the shop in Brussels, which was simply called Papers, was owned by French paper connoisseur Jean-Philippe Arnould. This tumbler blog is an image diary of what he was selling.
The beautiful old cupboard used to display papers, gently curled up in bins, is as fascinating as the papers themselves. You know me — I could definitely see a piece like this used in a kitchen to store utensils. Perhaps it’s been repurposed (I just wish it could have made space for this piece at my house!)
That reminds me of some special handmade paper I bought several years ago with the thought of using as Christmas wrapping paper. After seeing the way collectible paper has been used in the past, it’s clear I need to do some quick pre-holiday recalculation.
(Source: World of Interiors)
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