Esparto grass, botanically known as stipa tenacissima L., is a perennial grass, commonly grown in north Africa and southern Europe and was a common papermaking fiber in Great Britain in the 19th century. The fibers are short, making it easy to form a good sheet and a good choice for watermarking. It also makes a fairly dense, bulky sheet, resistant to shrinking. It is known for its good inking properties and is great for letterpress printing.
Our esparto is processed in a pulp mill in Spain where it is partially beaten and pressed into sheets called half stuff.
Esparto is in sheet form and sold by the pound. Each sheet measures about 25" x 31" and weighs about .75 lb. However we may cut sheets to fit more easily into boxes for shipping.