Moab, a division of Legion Paper, has announced the addition of Somerset Museum Rag to the Moab family of papers coated for inkjet machines. The 100 percent cotton Somerset Museum Rag produces deep, rich blacks with an unparalleled color gamut to make a vibrant image pop to life.
Somerset is manufactured by St Cuthberts Mill in England, producers of the Somerset Enhanced Velvet papers that were primarily responsible for launching fine art digital imaging over a decade ago. "Somerset really started it all," said Tom York, director of Digital Imaging, Moab Paper. "Somerset Velvet was used by every major iris printer in the early 90's because it was one of the first durable cotton papers to be coated to handle a broad range of colors necessary for fine art reproduction."
Somerset Museum Rag is a pioneer in its own right: A 300gsm paper with a smooth surface, sensuous to the touch, yet durable to everyday handling, made from the most archival ingredients available. The 100 percent cotton paper is archival and acid-free by nature, and unlike most cotton papers, Somerset is mould-made using a traditional cylinder mould machine to produce a more durable and consistent surface quality than most machine-made papers.
"Somerset Museum Rag is an authentic photo art paper that changes the game," said Andy Biggs, African wildlife photographer and print master. "I was literally blown away at the quality of my B&W prints with detail I have never before seen on a cotton paper."
Somerset Museum Rag will be available beginning April 2010 in a wide-range of 20-sheet boxes, including popular sizes such as 8.5x11, 11x17, 13x19 and 17x22. Rolls 17, 24, 44, and 60 inches wide by 50 feet long will also be offered.