Paper-making was invented in China, probably some 2,000 years ago. Early paper decoration techniques were also developed in both China and Japan. The marbling technique was known in these two countries as early as the 12th century AD. During the 16th century, it was popular in Persia and Turkey, and from there, knowledge of marbling spread to western Europe.
In the 17th-19th centuries, there was substantial marbled paper production in Germany, France, Italy, Holland and England. Common styles include comb marbling, French curl marbling and stone marbling; examples of these and other styles can all be found in MARBLED PAPER DESIGN.
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