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1492 was a historic year, memorable for two special events — the discovery of “the New World” by Christopher Columbus and the founding of the Arches paper mill, which has endured
throughout the centuries to the pleasure and satisfaction of renowned artists, art publishers, and printers.

Paper pulp, that skilful blend of carefully selected fibres, is the quintessence of Arches papers and has been the guarantee of their quality for more than 500 years. The natural cotton fibres used for most of its production give Arches paper elegance and strength, with the subtleties of the grain giving the paper both touch and bulk.

The traditional cylinder mould, an industrial papermaking process in use for more than a century, gave rise to the roll of paper. At the end of each production cycle, the cutting, plus the tactile and visual inspection of each sheet of Arches paper is entrusted to the hands and eyes of highly experienced women and men.

Each production run is subjected to numerous technical controls, some of them very old and others more recent, which guarantee the undisputed quality of the papers that have given Arches its reputation. As a result, Arches continues to produce a paper with outstanding physical and chemical properties and an inimitable natural look.

Since 1492, Arches has remained the paper most used for the creative arts. Van Gogh, Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Braque, Miro, Dali, Warhol, Alechinsky, among others, as well as great art publishers, have made it their paper of choice. Famous the world over, Arches is used by a multitude of artists and publishers on every continent.

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Arches 88 Sheets

Arches 88 is made on a cylinder mould from 100% cotton.

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Arches Oil Pads

Arches Oil Paper is specially formulated for use with oil media — and requires no preparation!

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Arches Oil Rolls

Arches Oil Paper is specially formulated for use with oil media — and requires no preparation!

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Arches Oil Sheets

Arches Oil Paper is specially formulated for use with oil media — and requires no preparation!

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Arches Velin BFK Rives Rolls

Like Velin d'Arches, Velin BFK Rives is recommended for art publishing, prints and drawing but has a smoother surface and finer grain.

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Arches Velin BFK Rives Sheets

Like Velin d'Arches, Velin BFK Rives is recommended for art publishing, prints and drawing but has a smoother surface and finer grain.

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Arches Velin dArches Rolls

Velin d'Arches is made the traditional way on a cylinder mould containing 100% cotton.

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Arches Velin dArches Sheets

Velin d'Arches is made the traditional way on a cylinder mould containing 100% cotton.

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Arches Water Colour Blocks

Arches Water colour paper is made the traditional way, using a cylinder mould. This method ensures that the fibres are evenly distributed which makes the paper extremely stable, so it will not warp or stretch when water is applied to it.

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Arches Water Colour Pads

Arches Water colour paper is made the traditional way, using a cylinder mould. This method ensure that the fibres are evenly distriubted whih makes the paper extremly stable, so it will not warp or stretch when water is applied to it.

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Arches Water Colour Rolls

Arches Water colour paper is made the traditional way, using a cylinder mould. This method ensures that the fibres are evenly distributed which makes the paper extremely stable, so it will not warp or stretch when water is applied to it.

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Arches Water Colour Sheets

Arches Water colour paper is made the traditional way, using a cylinder mould. This method ensures that the fibers are evenly distributed which makes the paper extremely stable, so it will not warp or stretch when water is applied to it.

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