Greetings Fellow Marblers!
I'd like to announce that I've been asked to give a slide-lecture on the
subject of the The Early Development of Paper Marbling (mainly in the
Islamic World), at the Univeristy of Texas Preservation Forum on Thursday,
March 22nd, from 4:30 to 6 pm. I don't have the specifics as yet concerning
where it will be held (I had it, but my hard drive crashed!: will post those
details shortly). The lecture is free and open to the public. I will be
giving another lecture at SMU in Dallas on Friday, but I don't know if that
is open to the public or not.... again, I'll relay the details when I know
The use of marbled paper by Masters of the Nastaliq' Persian script as a
support for poetic compositions, known as Qita'.
The role of marbling in the Islamic Scriptorium, called the Kitab-khana.
Applications of marbled paper in Islamic Albums, known as Muraqqa'.
Some methods derived from the 5 known manuscipts from India and Turkey that
describe the marbling process.
Development of motifs and floral imagery.
Stencil/ resist methods used in marbling from the Deccan Sultanate in India.
Influence of Islamic techniques on early European methods.
Early use of marbled papers in European Alba Amicora
Overview of subsequent developments related to the European bookbinding
trade till the 19th c
Clarifying certain notions relating to marbling history.
The revival of the craft in modern Turkey.
Then if there's time I can demo paper polishing using traditional methods
(gelatin/albumin/alum/ beeswax) and a conservation approach (Methyl
Cellulose and Microcrystalline wax).
It's a lot to cover, and some areas will be briskly skimmed over.
Benson's Hand Bindery
Fine Custom Bookbinding & Conservation
Hand Marbled Papers
1319 B Summerville Ave.
Columbia S.C. 29201