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Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Pearl 290gsm

A baryta semi gloss paper with a smooth surface texture and no optical brighteners.

6 by 4in 50 Sheet Box (sku: PILGFP_2002690) $25.00
5 by 7in 50 Sheet Box (sku: PILGFP_2002691) $30.00
A4 25 Sheet Box (sku: PILGFP_2002692) $37.00
A4 50 Sheet Box (sku: PILGFP_2002693)
Currently on back order - ETA of mid April but subject to change based on supplier delivery date. Available to order now but do not order with other items or those will also be delayed.
A4 100 Sheet Box (sku: PILGFP_2002694) $96.00
A3 25 Sheet Box (sku: PILGFP_2002695) $67.00
A3+ 25 Sheet Box (sku: PILGFP_2002696) $82.00
A3+ 50 Sheet Box (sku: PILGFP_2002697) $141.00
A2 25 Sheet Box (sku: PILGFP_2002698) $141.00
A2 50 Sheet Box (sku: PILGFP_2002699)
Currently on back order - ETA of early June but subject to change based supplier delivery date. Please use 'Ask a Question' to be notified when this product is back in stock.
17in by 15m Roll (sku: PILGFP_2002700) $126.00
24in by 15m Roll (sku: PILGFP_2002701IL) $177.00
44in by 15m Roll (sku: PILGFP_2002702IL) $296.00
Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Pearl 290gsm Master Image
Ilford Gold Fibre Pearl Vicky Papas Print
Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Pearl 290gsm Texture
Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Pearl 290gsm Master Image Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Pearl 290gsm Image Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Pearl 290gsm Image


One of the big hits at CP+ 2019 Japan - with a Vicky Papas image looking utterly superb on this paper on show.

With only a very subtle gloss, this is a cracker for black and white (toned or untoned) in particular. Of course it is at home with colour too, and the surface is very attractive, but there's no question this is one to try if you're a fine art black and white aficionado - with a lovely subtle presence.

Ilford Say:

Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Pearl expands on the ever popular and award-winning Gold Fibre Silk and Gold Fibre Gloss range. This gorgeous paper offers the look and feel of traditional baryta photo paper and has a semi gloss, smooth satin finish with a hint of subtle texture.

Like all baryta papers, Gold Fibre Pearl achieves rich, deep blacks and has a subtle grey scale gradation making it a great, budget friendly choice for high quality black and white photographic printing.

Construction - Fibre Based


Fibre Based

Substrate - Alpha Cellulose


Alpha Cellulose

Paper Weight - 290 gsm

Paper Weight

290 gsm

Surface Texture - Semi Gloss

Surface Texture

Semi Gloss

White Tone - White

White Tone


Optical Brighteners? - No

Optical Brighteners?


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
    Alpha Cellulose

    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
    Semi Gloss

    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

    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

    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 photo 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?

  • Paper Type In Driver
  • Optical Brighteners?

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

    More on this here.

  • Full Specifications

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