Cotton Paper: The Best Choice for Fine Art Prints

Cotton Paper: The Best Choice for Fine Art Prints

If you are buying a fine art print, you will want to ensure it's printed on the best material. This means that cotton paper should be one of your top choices for printing fine art. Cotton paper offers several benefits that other types of paper cannot match. In this blog post, we will discuss the reasons why cotton paper is the best choice for fine art prints!

Archival Quality

The number one advantage of printing on cotton paper is that it provides archival quality. Cotton paper is superior in both strength and durability to wood pulp-based paper.

Cotton paper is made from long, strong fibers that make it very durable. Cotton is a hardy fiber that has withstood the test of time. In fact, cotton is one of the strongest and most durable fibers known to man. Cotton papers will last longer, resist fading or deteriorating, and withstand greater handling and environmental pressures than paper manufactured from wood pulp.

Given reasonable care, a person may anticipate one year of useful life for each 1% of cotton in the sheet. Paper with 100% cotton content can be expected to survive at least 100 years.

This makes it an ideal choice for enjoying your fine art prints for a lifetime!


Cotton paper has a beautiful, natural texture, which makes each print unique and gives it a look that can't be matched by other types of paper. Also, cotton paper is a completely matte material that won't produce glare, unlike other papers. Additionally, cotton paper is thicker than other types of paper, which means that it won't wrinkle or tear as easily. This makes it a more desirable option for displaying your fine art prints.

Natural colors

Another reason to choose cotton paper for your fine art prints is that it has natural colors. This means that your prints will be more vibrant and true-to-life when printed on cotton paper. Additionally, cotton paper is less likely to yellow over time, so your prints will stay looking new for longer.

Eco Friendly

Finally, cotton paper is made from natural materials, which means that it is environmentally friendly. It also doesn't release any harmful chemicals into the air, making it a safer choice for both you and the environment. So if you are looking for the best quality fine art prints, be sure to choose cotton paper! It is the superior choice for both quality and environmental friendliness.

Our Papers

Our cotton papers are 100% cotton, museum-quality paper. To meet the criteria for museum-quality, the paper must be:

  • acid-free
  • lignin-free
  • Buffered, which helps protect the print from acids in the environment

We choose 100% cotton rag papers since they have a premium look, luxurious texture, creamier whites, and overall archival quality.

Head to Head: Cotton paper vs. satin paper

Let's look at one of our house portraits printed on cotton paper vs. satin paper. The cotton paper, which is on the left, has a creamier white color and subtle texture while the satin paper on the right is very stark with a slightly glossy texture.

cotton paper vs. satin paper for fine art prints

When we compare papers side by side, we discover that the ink soaks into the cotton paper rather than remaining on the surface as it would with other papers, giving it a more authentic watercolor-like appearance.

Here is a closer look. Again, cotton paper is on the left and satin paper is on the right.

cotton paper for fine art prints

You can find our 100% cotton house portraits here.


If you are looking for the best material to print your fine art prints on, cotton paper should be at the top of your list! It offers a natural texture and color, durability, and resistance to fading - making it the perfect choice for your prints.

Thanks for reading! We hope this blog post has been helpful in your search for the perfect fine art print paper.

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