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Amalfi – Luxurious, Handmade Cotton Paper

14 May

amalfi-handmade-stationery-blogWedding season’s here! If you’re preparing your invitations and correspondence, there’s no better paper on earth than Amalfi stationery. This super-luxe 100% cotton stationery has been handmade on Italy’s Amalfi coast since 1380 (yes, over 600 years!). The old-world paper makes a memorable impressions – it takes fountain pens beautifully and also is absolutely lovely when letter-pressed for announcements or invitations. Shop Amalfi here »

NEW Amalfi 8-Count Note Card & Envelope Packs

30 May

Have you used Amalfi paper before? If so, you’ll be thrilled to hear it’s now available in grab-and-go personalized packs of eight note cards and eight envelopes! And if not, we’ve got a new set of note cards to introduce to you! We guarantee it will add a sparkle to your stationery collection.

Grab the luxurious Amalfi stationery you see and feel in wedding announcements and invitations in your own small set of 8 flat cards perfect for everyday correspondence. From one of the most renowned paper makers in Europe comes five sets of 8-count stationery packs. Simple sets of correspondence notes made by hand from the finest cotton since the 14th century. Their soft texture is incomparable and filled with elegance as each Amalfi note card and envelope is crafted with the utmost care, using many of the methods first developed in the Middle Ages. The deckled edge gives it a soft touch and makes it a superb choice in premium stationery to write on to your penpals, friends, family, and business contacts.

Check out the full brand story on our blog here to read all about Amalfi paper made by Cartiere Amatruda! Below are the NEW Amalfi 8-Count Note Card Sets.

Amalfi Informal Folded Notes (3.5 x 5.25 in.)

Amalfi Informal Folded Notes (8 ct.) (3.5 x 5.25) on EuropeanPaper.com

Amalfi Informal Folded Notes on EuropeanPaper.com

Amalfi Folded Notes (4.5 x 6.75 in.)

Amalfi Folded Notes (8 ct.) (4.5 x 6.75) on EuropeanPaper.com

Amalfi Folded Notes on EuropeanPaper.com

Amalfi Long Folded Notes (4.25 x 8 in.)

Amalfi Long Folded Notes (8 ct.) (4.25 x 8) on EuropeanPaper.com

Amalfi Long Folded Notes on EuropeanPaper.com

Amalfi Flat Cards (4.5 x 6.5 in.)

Amalfi Flat Cards (8 ct.) (4.5 x 6.5) on EuropeanPaper.com

Amalfi Flat Cards on EuropeanPaper.com

Amalfi Long Flat Cards (4.25 x 8 in.)

Amalfi Long Flat Cards (8 ct.) (4.25 x 8) on EuropeanPaper.com

Amalfi Long Flat Cards on EuropeanPaper.com

See all Amalfi Stationery HERE!

Treat Yourself to Amalfi Stationery: A Centuries Old Delight

25 May

Amalfi Brand Story on EuropeanPaper.com

Luxurious Amalfi stationery, from one of the most renowned paper making centers in Europe, has been made by hand from the finest cotton for centuries. Its soft texture is incomparable and filled with elegance and character. Southeast from Naples, Italy, Amalfi is one of the oldest papermaking centers in Europe.

A Little Bit of Papermaking History

Paper mills in the Amalfi region actually have been traced back to as early as the 13th Century. As the demand for paper increased into the 15th Century the number of mills grew past the few local families who started the Amalfi papermaking trend. The industry boomed in the region and it quickly grew a reputation for high-quality cotton paper. The mid-1700s brought new manufacturing / machining processes, and sadly the decline of handmade paper began (peaking in the mid 1800s).

The classic Amalfi paper mills that had lasted for centuries in the region struggled for years against modern advances in papermaking and in 1954 were almost completely wiped out by a catastrophic flood. Out of the 16 paper mills in the area, three remained after the flood. The one we know and love today that goes by the name of “Amalfi Paper” on our site and is produced by Cartiera Amatruda, was saved by none other than Luigi Amatruda, a descendant of one of the oldest papermaking families on the Amalfi coast.

Amatruda Namesake

Amalfi Watermarked Stationery Set 20 count on EuropeanPaper.com

Amalfi Watermarked Stationery Set 20 count on EuropeanPaper.com

Records of the Amatruda family actually date back to 1198 in Amalfi and the oldest Amatruda watermark comes from around the 14th century. Located on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, this stationery is still handmade by Cartiera Amatruda. The Amatruda paper mill is in the ancient Mill Valley of Amalfi, in a spectacular bridged position over the Canneto River. The first floor of the current longstanding Amatruda paper mill dates back to the 15th Century and the paper manufacturing tradition of the Amatruda family dates back to 1380.

Each naturally deckle-edged Amalfi sheet is handcrafted with the utmost care, using many of the original papermaking methods from the beginning of the Amatruda mill. Sized for the best possible writing quality, Amalfi paper is special in its depth of connecting the past with the present.

Finely Crafted Process

When the Amatruda family first opened their mill, they used cotton, linen, or hemp rags (today it’s 100% cotton), which were then put in stone tubs (also known as vats). The rags in the vats were pounded and reduced to pulp by a series of wooden mallets, working due to the power of the surrounding waterways.

A mould with a net of wires in the shape of the family’s watermark (usually in the middle) was then dipped in the tubs multiple times to form a sheet out of the pulp. After squeezing the water out and drying the sheets, papermakers would go over each piece to smooth out any imperfections and pick the most valuable cards.

Use Amalfi in All Occasions

Amalfi Folded Notes 8 count on EuropeanPaper.com

Amalfi Folded Notes 8 count on EuropeanPaper.com

Amalfi paper is best known for use in wedding invitations, life-cycle announcements, graduations, and other special events. Today however, we also offer it in personalized packs with 8 sheets and 8 envelopes of your choice between folded or flat cards. Perfect for everyday correspondence, the new 8-count individualized grab-and-go packs are the right amount for a touch of excellence.

With such an amazing history, Amalfi 100% cotton paper sheets and cards are a joy to give to family and friends, as well as to gift yourself with. To this day, Cartiere Amatruda keeps the papermaking process 100% natural, meaning no dyes, chemicals, or the like. As a favorite among letter writers, letterpress professionals, and stationery aficionados, we personally recommend Amalfi paper to anyone looking for an extra touch of elegance in their correspondence or special occasions.

How to Buy Wedding Stationery: 5 Features to Focus On

10 May

Planning a wedding can be a huge and overwhelming task. From food to flowers, there are so many decisions to make. One of the most daunting tasks can be putting together your invitations: the paper, the wording, the typography, the printing method, and more. Let us help you make at least one decision! Here are the basics of what to look for in wedding stationery.

Material

Before you select your paper think about how you want it to feel. Cotton fiber is the most traditional wedding invitation choice, and cotton invitations can be incredibly elegant. Cotton isn’t your only choice when it comes to your stationery. In fact, you can choose a paper that will fit with the overall theme of your big day.

Fabriano Medioevalis Cotton Stationery for Weddings available on EuropeanPaper.com

Fabriano Medioevalis Cotton Stationery for Weddings

For instance, paper with a linen finish is an excellent choice for wedding stationery. It’s important to realize, though, that linen will feel grainier than a pure cotton stock. This makes it an excellent choice for an outdoor wedding or for a preppy ceremony.

Handmade paper, often from cotton, hemp, or rag fibers, will have an even rougher texture. The uniqueness of the paper can be the perfect fit for a country or rustic wedding. Parchment paper is translucent. Often, parchment paper will overlay a thick card, and sometimes the invitation is printed directly onto the parchment. This is another formal choice.

Stock

Once you’ve decided on a feel, think about the stock of the paper. Stock refers to the thickness, weight, or heaviness of the paper. For a formal wedding invitation, look for a high number card stock. Some papers you’ll find in as high a weight as 260 g or even higher, while another readily available paper weight for wedding stationery is around 180 g. You’re probably familiar with receiving invitations in a heavy stock accompanied by a small slip of tissue paper or parchment, so if you save letters, invitations, and the like, take a look back at what others have chosen.

Finishes

Along with the fiber and stock, you will want to select a finish. There are glossy options available, though matte – opaque and non-reflective – is common for wedding stationery. For a more abstract, artistic option, marbled paper is a decorative option. Whichever finish you choose, make sure your printer approves and has the capability to work with your choice because the paper choice must be compatible with the printing method.

Handmade Amalfi stationery for weddings with deckled or straight edges available on EuropeanPaper.com

Handmade Amalfi stationery for weddings with deckled or straight edges

Flourishes

There are a number of decorative flourishes you can choose. Do you want straight, smooth edges? Alternatively, deckled edges are popular for wedding stationery. Deckled edges are the torn edge of handmade paper. Another option is to choose a corrugated finish, which can be characterized by thick ridges or grooves. Both Amalfi and Fabriano offer stationery with deckled edges.

Watermark

A watermark is a sign of fine paper. When you hold the paper up to light, a translucent emblem that signifies the paper company or boutique becomes evident (such as on the Amalfi Watermarked Stationery Set). A watermark conveys quality and elegance.

Your wedding invitations are the first glimpse your family and friends get of your wedding, and just like the big day we know you want it to be perfect. Plan far enough ahead that you have plenty of time to take into consideration each of the five wedding stationery features mentioned above, and you may even want to order your Thank You Cards at the same time for consistency. Whether you’re planning a wedding currently or just curious, ask any questions regarding wedding stationery in the comments!

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 Meet the Writer:Maggie Marton is a freelance writer who lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with her husband and their three darling dogs. View more of Maggie’s work at MaggieMarton.com

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