Review of Rossi's Medioevalis Paper and Envelopes
I tell you, packaging can make things special. It sets up your expectations and for we paper enthusiasts, it can inspire us to write. The print on the luxury boxes that Rossi's Medioevalis Paper comes in is beautiful and I am enamored with the combination of the fiery orange and warm greys.
I have a box of envelopes and cards from Rossi's Medioevalis collection. According to the Rossi Website, the Medioevalis Collection is a:
Fine selection of cards with deckle edge. Recommended for all writing applications as well as letterpress printing and engraving. Excellent for announcements, invitations or any kind of correspondence.
The feathery edge is the result of sheets being naturally and carefully torn according to the ancient tradition of 'Amalfi' paper making, dating back to the XIV century.
The cards are very firm and there's a noticeable difference in texture on the front and back. One side is smoother. This is due to the manufacturing process and really makes the experience of writing so much better.
In the photo above I wrote with a Lamy Al-Star using Diamine ink in Damson. While it takes a few seconds for the ink to absorb and dry, there is no feathering.
And really, the presentation is just lovely. You can't find things like this today.
Here's a look at the Mediovalis seal on the packaging. These are certainly boxes one would keep around for other uses long after the paper and envelopes have been used up.
Here's the embossed Medioevalis seal:
And a closeup of Rossi's Medioevalis Stationery Envelopes:
Overall, the paper is wonderful and something you'll want to save for special occasions. The envelopes had a texture and weight very similar to Crane Paper. If you can only afford to get the cards or the envelopes, go with the cards.
Writing is easy and enjoyable on the cards. There was no feathering and it took about 15 seconds for the ink to fully absorb and dry.