My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.
~ Charles F. Kettering
'A textile treasure hunt in Florence'
'IN Turkey where it flourished in the 15th century, marbled paper making was known as ebru, or the art of the clouds. Pastel, abstract and as mutable as a cloud, marbled paper was reserved for religious writings because it so enhanced the venerable texts. Islamic law forbade its ripping, burning or otherwise unauthorized disposal.
Marbled paper, in fact, was sacred.
In 17th-century France the official bookbinder to Louis XIII created a similar papier a cuve, so-named for the basin, or cuve, in which the paper was dipped to obtain its heavenly hues. Colorful yet dignified, marbled paper was used for the windy tracts that were issued in the sovereign's name. It was paper fit for a king.
Ebru arrived in Europe through Venice with its windows open to the Orient.
The tight, stylized, characteristically Islamic interplay of form and color made marble paper ideal for the flyleafs of leather-bound, handwritten books. With the invention of the printing press and the diffusion of inexpensive texts, marbled paper effectively constituted the first paperback revolution when it jumped from the inner to the outer covers of books.' ~ (NYT Susan Lumsden)