It is nor just the general public or "the masses" (I like that expression, Milena!) with
deficites in knowledge about decorated paper. You cannot imagine the rubbish that is
poured into my ears even by some master bookbinders and even by some university
Fact is, decorated paper making is what's called in German an Orchideenfach - orchid
subject. Rare, beautiful, elusive, and dealt with only by a small number of dedicated real
and a somewhat bigger group of self appointed specialists. The general public has no real
chance to know more about it because of the rarity. Have mercy on them. Plus, it's money
that makes the world go round, not beauty.
As a restorer, I have seen and worked with paper, decorated and otherwise, from 5
centuries. First class work was then as rare as it is now. That is an integral part of
decorated paper making. Without this aspect, I doubt that decorated paper would be what
it is now.