The Fabriano mill is the oldest and one of the most innovative paper mills in Europe. Nestled in the town of Fabriano, Italy, it's where papermaking began in the 13th century. Some of the accomplishments of this historic mill are properties of artist papers that many take for granted today. Fabriano's master papermakers invented surface sizing, which controls the absorbency of paper and improves its archival characteristics. They also invented the first watermark, which not only is the signature of the paper from the region but guarantees you the quality of your purchase. Drawings by Michelangelo and Raphael executed on papers from Fabriano are still hanging in museums in excellent condition and are a testament to the quality of Fabriano paper. Master quality art papers for your creative spirit that will stand the test of time.