Rives de Lin
Rives de Lin, literally Rives of Flax, is a mould made, acid free and buffered sheet containing 85% cotton and 15% linen. The linen content is identified by the three flowers of flax in its watermark.
It has the look and feel of a handmade paper with long fluffy deckle edges. The linen content also gives the paper a tensile strength that makes it a superb choice for embossing.
The paper is praised by many for its resilience and elasticity. The watermark also includes the words Moulin du Gué, the mill at the shallow part of the river. It has two natural deckles, and two simulated, being torn at the finishing stage. Rives de Lin is lightly sized.
The city of Rives is situated in the Rhône-Alpes region in the east of France, near Grenoble. In 1573, a small mill was built in the valley, using water from a nearby mountain lake fed by melting alpine snow. For centuries, it remained a quite ordinary operation. However, with the arrival of the Blanchet brothers and Kléber in 1820, the mill received its first improvements.
Combining the great location with their skill and experience, the Blanchet Frères & Kléber Company was able to manufacture exceptional papers, among them being Rives de Lin. Using different materials than the Oriental papers that preceded it, they macerated cotton and linen rags as the source of the fibers. When finished, it was sized with a gelatin solution. The result was a tough, opaque paper.