Laid Paper

Laid paper is a type of paper characterized by thin, parallel laid lines running across its surface, typically visible when held up to the light. These generally parallel lines are the result of wire mesh patterns used in the papermaking process, creating a distinctive texture and appearance that is much different than that of wove paper. Continue below to learn more about classic laid paper in print.


Ribbed paper


  1. Stationery: Laid paper is commonly used for premium stationery, letterheads, and business cards, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to written correspondence.

  2. Bookbinding: Laid paper may be used in bookbinding for special editions, fine art books, or historical reproductions, enhancing the finished product's tactile and visual appeal.

  3. Art Prints: Artists and printmakers may choose laid paper for their prints, as the paper pulp adds depth and character to the artwork, enhancing its aesthetic appeal.


Texture: Appreciate the unique texture of laid paper and its impact on the overall look and feel of printed materials. Experiment with different weights and textures to find the perfect match for your project.

Ink Absorption: Understand that laid paper may absorb ink differently compared to smooth paper surfaces. Adjust printing settings and ink viscosity accordingly to achieve optimal print quality and color saturation.

Compatibility: Ensure that the printing equipment and processes used are compatible with laid paper, as its texture may affect print registration and feeding mechanisms. Consult with a professional printer to address any compatibility concerns.

Fiber Content: Consider the fiber content of laid paper, as it can influence its durability, archival properties, and environmental impact. Choose papers made from high-quality fibers for optimal performance and longevity.

Finishing Touches: Explore finishing options such as embossing, foil stamping, or die-cutting to further enhance the visual appeal of laid paper, creating memorable and distinctive printed materials.

Whether hand- or machine-made paper, modern laid paper is an exceptional choice for use in stationery, art prints, and beyond. To learn more about this or other modern papermaking techniques, contact AP&B today.