In the late sixteenth century the production of paper in The Netherlands expanded rapidly, so much so that Holland became the largest producer of fine papers after France. During the ensuing "Golden Century" when Dutch painters earned a reputation as the "masters" of art, the DeVeentjes mill became known for handcrafting the finest papers available. The Schut family bought the mill in 1710 and retained ownership until selling it to the Gelderse paper group in 1982. Ownership was transferred to Exacompta Clairefontaine in 1998, where it remains to this day.
Noblesse Watercolor Paper is the premier paper produced today at the Schut Mill. It is a 300gsm (140lb) 100% cotton, cold-pressed acid-free paper with an off-white finish. The surface of Noblesse has undergone a proprietary gelatin sizing process that delivers extraordinarily brilliant colors.
The watercolour papers are also recommended for acrylics, qouache, soft or oil pastels.