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Hahnemühle Inkjet Paper

Hahnemühle Paper - History in the making

Way back in 1584 permission was granted to a craftsman of paper making, Merten Spieß, for the building of a paper mill in Solling, south of Hanover in Germany.  The paper mill remained in the Spieß family for the next 185 years.  After passing through the hands of two other families, in 1886 it was sold to Carl Hahne who renamed the mill to "Büttenpapierfabrik Hahnemühle".  The literal English translation of which is Handmade Paper Factory Hahnemühle.

In 1902 became a Ltd company and merged with Schleicher & Schuell, whoeventually,  in 1927, became the sole owner of Hahnemühle.  In 2002 the company was renamed as Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH and in 2004 demerged from Schleicher & Schuell to become the independently operated company that it is today.

Product history

Until the end of the 19th century, Hahnemühle was a small company with fewer than 15 employees making foolscap and the finest handwriting paper.  Under the leadership of Carl Hahne the company grew to have more than 120 employees during the 1920's producing artist and high purity filter paper.

Even as late as the 1960's, some of the papers were still manufactured completely by hand. Technological advances could not be kept at bay though and in the 1970's Hahnemühle created the first acid free and archivable machine made paper.  By the late 1990's the first Fine Art inkjet papers, based on traditional artist papers, were being produced.

Today, Hahnemühle still produces its paper at the same place it has for more than 430 years and is widely regarded and respected as a manufacturer of some of the best papers available in the marketplace.

As an authorised supplier of Hahnemühle, our knowledgeable and experienced team can advise you on the best paper for your specific requirements.