Papyrus - parchment
The effect brought forth by writing on papyrus scrolls or handmade parchments are truly outstanding. With these materials, even you can write as the old Romans did ages ago. Even today, writing on papyrus (lat. cyperus papyrus) paper is still commonly done around the world. Unlike regular paper, papyrus is extremely durable. Due to the nature of this special writing material more well-known for its ability to last through the ages definitely shows its usefulness on important documents such as certificates or contracts.
You can find handmade papyrus scroll or real parchment paper to write your own words or ideas and even possibly add color to it. Each scroll and each page are unique, and will give your letters a creative and decorative uniqueness and durability unlike any other. Back in the old days, papyrus was used as stationary to write literal and religious texts on. These texts were even illustrated in different colors. Because of the possibility to produce it in the local area as well as the possibility to correct writing errors, parchment paper replaced both the papyrus scrolls and paper.
Writing on parchment is a great experience. It is made of either goat or sheep skin and because of its robust material it is also perfect to use for bookbinding. Papyrus paper can be colored with acrylic, aquarelle, or even water color. Any markers, pens, and pastel chalks can easily be used to write with as well. For certificates, as wrapping paper, bookmarks, or for coloring are only particularly great ways to use this product.
Let your fantasy inspire you with the different available shapes and sizes we offer you on this website for papyrus and parchment scrolls and pages.
Papyrus: Egyptian paper forebear
In the antique era, the papyrus paper was a very important material, especially for writing, and was completely handmade. The plants that grew around the Nile River as far back as 3000 BC are what was used for the production of this writing material.
The Greeks and Romans had convinced the advantages of papyrus. Even today important documents are used with papyrus because of its excellent durability.
Writing materials and its success stories…
The sustainable influence that papyrus has in today’s civilization is expressed in the term “Paper” that is based on the name of the papyrus plant. Aside from papyrus, ancient Mesopotamia as well as the classical ancient Greeks and Romans developed parchment from prepared animal skin. The papyrus as well as parchment paper were usually preferred in scroll format. Archeological funding is very popular today especially for scrolls that give us information about life and customs of the antiques. Our assortment will give you a great variety of scrolls empty or even with pre-selected text prints. Papyrus pages or parchment paper are sold here for an undeniably low price. Please do not hesitate to ask us if you have any questions about papyrus or parchment.
Today, Papyrus pages are still produced in small villages around the Nile River. Many families who live around the papyrus plantations harvest the long branches of the zypern grass almost all year round and use this raw material to manufacture papyrus pages.
The process takes over ten separate steps to produce the product and to make it as unique as possible. The method of producing papyrus continues to be done today as it was tens of thousands of years ago.
Papyrus was very important product to the ancient Egyptians. Once the technology of papyrus making was developed, its method of production was kept secret allowing the Egyptians to have a monopoly over it. The first use of papyrus sheets is oround 4000 BC.
The raw material of papyrus paper comes from the plant “cyperus papyrus”. This plant grew along the banks in the Niledelta and provided the Egyptians with the necessary raw materials.
This plant was quite versatile and was not only used in the production of paper but it was also used in the manufacture of boats, rope,shoes and baskets. However, the most important and valuable product was the papyrus paper. Not only was this ancient Egypt’s greatest export but it revolutionized the way people kept quick valuable information. No substitution for papyrus paper could be found that was as durable and lightweight until the development of paper by the Chinese. The way of making pulp paper was much easier to produce but not as durable. This not only led to a decline in papyrus paper making, but also to a decline in the papyrus plant cultivation. Eventually, the papyrus plant disappeared from the area of the Nile delta, where it was once the lifeblood for ancient Egyptian.
Papyrus making was not revived until Dr. Hassan Ragab reintroduced the papyrus plant to Egypt and started a papyrus plantation near Cairo. He also had to research the method of production the papyrus sheets. Because the exact methods for making papyrus paper was a secret, the ancient Egyptians left no written records or reliefs as to the manufacturing process. Dr. Ragab finally figured out how it was done, and now papyrus has made a come back in Egypt after a very long absence.
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