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Ilford Galerie Matt Cotton Medina 320gsm

A 100% cotton rag, warm toned paper with a velvety textured surface and no optical brighteners.

6 by 4in 50 Sheet Box (sku: PILMCM_2002851) $28.00
5 by 7in 50 Sheet Box (sku: PILMCM_2002852) $35.00
A4 25 Sheet Box (sku: PILMCM_2002853) $42.00
A4 50 Sheet Box (sku: PILMCM_2002854) $63.00
A4 100 Sheet Box (sku: PILMCM_2002855) $120.00
A3 25 Sheet Box (sku: PILMCM_2002856) $92.00
A3+ 25 Sheet Box (sku: PILMCM_2002857) $99.00
A2 25 Sheet Box (sku: PILMCM_2002859) $176.00
17in by 15m Roll (sku: PILMCM_2002865) $124.00
24in by 15m Roll (sku: PILMCM_2002866) $182.00
44in by 15m Roll (sku: PILMCM_2002868) $330.00


The textured companion to Ilford's new warm toned smooth fine art paper (Sonora) - is Matt Cotton Medina. This paper has a fairly pronounced, structured texture and was clearly popular when shown at CP+ 2019 Japan. The tone is a distinct natural warm tone.

Ilford Say:

The addition of Matt Cotton Medina continues to broaden the offering of professional 100% Cotton products available in the Ilford Galerie range.

Boasting the most luxurious velvety surface texture because of its special coating, the Matt Cotton Medina offers a beautiful natural white toned paper like the traditional artists paper of old. Free of optical brighteners, completely archival and consisting of a sturdier weight, this robust paper is built for longevity, allowing you and your customers to enjoy your beloved art prints for longer.

Construction - Fibre Based


Fibre Based

Substrate - 100% Cotton


100% Cotton

Paper Weight - 320 gsm

Paper Weight

320 gsm

Surface Texture - Matte, Textured

Surface Texture

Matte, Textured

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
    100% Cotton

    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
    320 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, Textured

    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 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?

  • 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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