Parchment roll - parchment sheet
What actually is parchment?
Parchment is a writing material that was used in ancient times. Unlike its predecessor, papyrus, which is made from the papyrus plant, parchment is made from animal skin. The writing material first came to Greece and Rome in Hellenistic times via the West Asia city of Pergamon, from whose name parchment is derived.
The production of parchment is done in several steps. The animal fur is placed in a lime solution. There, the hairs largely detach from the skin. Then the skin is stretched in appropriately sized wooden frames and while still wet is literally scraped off with a special knife.
Buy parchment in our Roman Shop
Buying parchment in our Roman Shop means bringing incomparable quality home. Made from genuine animal skin, you will receive a high-quality, elaborately manufactured parchment sheet with a size of approximately 20 by 75 cm, whose surface is extra finely processed and therefore particularly well writable.
- High quality, genuine parchment
- Approx. 75 x 20 cm large roll
- Well writable surface
- Buy parchment made of real animal skin - for the genuine flair of antiquity
Where could you buy parchment in ancient times?
Since papyrus grew only in a few regions and had to be imported at great expense, parchment represented a real asset for ancient scribes, since it could be produced anywhere and therefore parchment could be bought everywhere. The history of its origin is also related to the simplicity of buying parchment: From Egypt, it is said that an export ban was imposed on papyrus to Pergamon, and as a result, parchment was invented.
Why buy parchment?
If you've always wanted to know what it felt like to write in ancient times, you can now find out by buying one or more sheets of parchment in our museum store. By the way, especially experimental or creative people can also buy a set for making their own parchment from us.
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