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Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm

Our favourite warmtone fine art paper - with rich & velvety tones. It's also highly eco-friendly making it pretty much perfect in our book!

Sample of this paper available in: Hahnemühle Smooth Matte Inkjet Sample Pack
A4 25 Sheet Box (sku: PHB_10 641 611) $57.00
A3+ 25 Sheet Box (sku: PHB_10 641 609) $144.00
A2 25 Sheet Box (sku: PHB_10 641 608) $220.00
17in by 12m Roll (sku: PHB_10 643 467) $179.00
24in by 12m Roll (sku: PHB_10 643 466) $247.00
44in by 15m Roll (sku: PHB_10 643 464) $444.00

Description

Made from 90% bamboo fibres and 10% cotton, and with a very smooth surface capable of expressing fine details easily, Hahnemühle Bamboo holds beautifully rich and velvety tones, looks gorgeous and handles & prints well. It really is a must try paper!

The warmer tone and smooth surface suits things like black and white portraiture especially well, but we use this for all sorts of things and it's one of the most popular papers in our own printing service for sure.

Basically - if you're after a fine art smooth matte paper, and your image doesn't need crisp whites, then this should be your go-to choice in our opinion.

Bamboo requires only a third of the water to grow that cotton and other traditional paper fibres need. Also, bamboo does not really have any natural pests, meaning there's no need for chemical pesticides. At best it can grow up to 120cm per day so is a highly productive, renewable resource perfect for paper making.

(Apparently, cotton uses about 3% of farming space in the world, but about 25% of all pesticides and herbicides - and the processing needed for cotton is also vastly less ecologically friendly as well, so the total impact of cotton is quite heavy).

Construction - Fibre Based

Construction

Fibre Based

Substrate - Bamboo 90%, Cotton 10%

Substrate

Bamboo 90%, Cotton 10%

Paper Weight - 290 gsm

Paper Weight

290 gsm

Surface Texture - Matte, Smooth

Surface Texture

Matte, Smooth

White Tone - Warm

White Tone

Warm

Optical Brighteners? - No

Optical Brighteners?

Specifications

Please note: Specifications are provided as a guide only.

We try very hard to keep these up to date and correct, but if a particular specification is really critical to you, then please double check the specification directly with the manufacturer. Some features may of course have caveats not fully described here.

To get more information about a particular specification, use the arrow to get a 'Specxplanation'.

  • Construction
    Fibre Based

    Papers are constructed in two main ways:

    Resin Coated papers are the modern approach. These use less fibre and replace the fibre with resin (a nice name for plastic). This means these papers are cheap, strong and robust, but tend to be less attractive to the touch and accept less ink. They tend to have a clinical appearance and it's hard to write on the back of them. They tend to be popular in the consumer and wedding/portrait markets.

    Fibre Based papers are traditional papers made without plastic, using only plant fibres. These tend to accept more ink and have a more attractive appearance, and these are the papers most of our customers favour.

  • Substrate
    Bamboo 90%, Cotton 10%

    What is the paper base made from?

    Possibilities include:

    • Wood Pulp - the most common and cheapest
    • Alpha Cellulose - the best part of wood pulp, separated. Generally tested as archival as cotton etc
    • Cotton - the most common fine art paper fibre
    • Bamboo - an ecologically friendly alternative to cotton
    • Mulberry & more - many other plant fibres can be used to make archival paper
  • Paper Weight
    290 gsm

    In 'gsm' - grams per square metre.

    Not, technically, the same as paper thickness, but obviously correlated. The heft of the paper. European art papers are traditionally generally around the 300gsm mark. Asian papers historically tended to be lighter, 100 to 200 gsm.

    Papers with a higher GSM tend to have more opacity, i.e. you see less through them.

  • Surface Texture
    Matte, Smooth

    What is the surface texture of the paper?

    We divide this into six groups. We go by the appearance of the actual paper and not what the manufacturer might label the box with!

    • Matte - smooth and texture
    • Gloss - semi, gloss, and high gloss
    • Double Sided - special case papers that are printable to full quality on both sides.
  • White Tone
    Warm

    What is the white tone of the paper?

    • Cool White - a paper with a distinctly cool (blue) tone
    • Bright White - A paper that is brighter than non brightened papers, but not overly cool
    • White - a natural clean white tone for an art paper - most Photo Rag papers fall here
    • Warm - a distinctly warmer, creamier paper
    • Pearlescent - a distinct warm grey tone (generally found only with metallic papers)
  • Coating
    Microporous

    These days almost all papers are microporous coated - meaning they'll accept inks from both dye based and pigment printers well.

    In years past, some papers had a swellable coating - designed to give a greater life to prints with dye based inks but this approach has fallen out of favour.

  • Compatible Inks
    Pigment Inks (use matte black)
    Dye Based Inks

    What ink type (dye and/or pigments) can you use with the paper?

    Also, if using pigment inks and you have a choice, should you use the Matte Black or Photo Black ink?

  • Optical Brighteners?

    Does the paper contain chemicals in it to brighten its appearance?

    More on this here.

  • Full Specifications

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  • Made From100% Cotton
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