Love Letterpress? Introducing New Strathmore Pure Cotton Letterpress Papers

If you love letterpress, (and who doesn’t, really?) you’ll want to see and feel Mohawk’s newest paper that has designers and letterpress printers across the country swooning.

Strathmore Pure Cotton Letterpress paper is a new line of 100% cotton papers, which represents Mohawk’s longstanding commitment to making the finest paper available.


Since its beginnings in 1892, the Strathmore brand has been associated with innovative cotton fiber papermaking.  Mohawk is proudly maintaining that heritage with the introduction of Strathmore Pure Cotton Letterpress papers, bringing legendary Strathmore quality to a new generation of letterpress printers.




Designed to emulate the look and feel of handmade paper,  Strathmore Pure Cotton Letterpress paper has a luxurious texture that allows for a beautiful contrast between the sheet’s texture and the printed impression.


Chris Harrold, Mohawk’s Vice President Business Development and Creative Director, explains why it was important to develop this new line of Strathmore-branded paper.  “When we rediscovered the Strathmore Archives in 2013, we realized our responsibility to share the beauty of the archives, celebrate the iconic Strathmore brand, and share this incredible heritage of fine paper making with others.”

As the caretaker of the historic Strathmore brand, Mohawk reflects on the Strathmore Archives by celebrating the heritage of fine paper, while also looking ahead with innovations in texture and color specifically designed for letterpress printing.


Since Strathmore Paper’s founding in 1892, the brand has been synonymous with quality, beauty and design.

Chris continues, “We realized we had a gap in our product portfolio that didn’t allow us to fully participate in a really interesting maker community comprised of letterpress printers. As we met with new, young practitioners and established productions shops in the letterpress community, it became clear that there was a hunger for beautifully tactile, pure cotton letterpress papers that feel handmade.”

As the caretaker of the historic Strathmore brand, Mohawk reflects on the Strathmore Archives by celebrating the heritage of fine paper, while also looking ahead with innovations in texture and color specifically designed for letterpress printing. 

Mohawk unveiled the line at the recent HOW Design Live Conference in Boston, MA, and The National Stationery Show in New York City to rave reviews from letterpress aficionados.

Letterpress printers notoriously obsessed with paper quality and texture, are instantly taken by the paper’s handmade aesthetic, rich color selection (including whites, chino and smoke gray) and incredible feel.

New Strathmore Pure Cotton Letterpress Paper

Erika Firm of Delphine, says “I’m totally in love with Strathmore Pure Cotton Letterpress paper! The surface is spot on perfect for letterpress – not too bumpy, not too smooth. When I hold it just feels special, which is exactly how I want my clients to feel when they hold their wedding invitations for the first time. It makes my job easier when I’m starting with such a lovely paper.”

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Delphine’s Stationery Party invites were letterpress printed on Strathmore Pure Cotton Ultimate White


Kate Saliba, owner of Smudge Ink says, “We used the Strathmore Pure Cotton Letterpress Paper for a ‘Greetings From Boston’ postcard we printed for the HOW Design Live conference last month. Compared to other letterpress papers, it’s very easy to work with – durable, minimal dust and feeds easily through the press. We think it helped to show off our design, too, as it handled our deep impression and neon ink beautifully.”


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Smudge Ink letterpressed ‘Greetings from Boston’ postcards on Strathmore Pure Cotton Letterpress at 2014 HOW Design Live Conference

Harold Kyle of Boxcar Press says “Strathmore Pure Cotton has a richly textured surface that looks like no other letterpress paper. The paper’s soft, natural surface contrasts nicely with a letterpress impression. It performs well on press and in our bindery, so we’re excited to use this paper–and its great selection of corresponding envelopes–on upcoming projects.”

Jeremy Chapline of Ink Plate Press, says, “On top of its visual beauty, it outperforms other papers when it comes to taking ink. Since it has an amazing texture, it creates a wonderful contrast when an impression is applied. And, to the best of my knowledge, you cannot find a 100% cotton paper in grey and chino elsewhere! The color options are perfect. Best paper I’ve printed on by far.”

Strathmore Pure Cotton Letterpress is available in three calipers: 18 pt for digital printing/letterpress, 20 pt for letterpress printing, and 40 pt for invitations, greeting cards, postcards, announcements and more. Complementary 80 text envelopes are available with square or Euro flaps.  Samples are available to order from


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