1492, a historic year, memorable for two special events: the discovery of America by Christopher Colombus and the founding of the ARCHES® paper mill, which has endured through the centuries, to the pleasure and satisfaction of numerous renowned artists, art publishers and printers who have remained attached to its outstanding qualities.
The paper mill at Arches provided the paper for the famous Nüremberg Chronicle, an incunable illustrated by Dürer and published in 1493, in the earliest days of printing.
ARCHES® specialised in making paper for banknotes, safety papers and commercial handmade papers (papers for luxury publishing, intaglio engraving, writing papers and correspondence cards, papers for line drawing and wash techniques, special papers such as the paper for geographical maps). 90% of luxury limited-edition publications were produced with ARCHES® paper.
ARCHES® perfected the extra-long conservation of its papers. This led to 250 works printed on Velin d’ARCHES® with intaglio engravings being sent into space on board the American shuttle Discovery, a bequest to eternity (1990).