Celebrating the Legacy of Strathmore

Since Strathmore Paper’s founding in 1892, the brand has been synonymous with quality, beauty and design. Inspired by the flora of Scotland’s Strathmore Valley, company founder Horace Moses adopted both the Strathmore name and the valley’s natural icon—the thistle—as symbols of quality for his papers

Early in the evolution of the Western Massachusetts-based company, Horace Moses chose to align with the leading illustrators of his day to demonstrate how paper and print could work together to create beautiful results and more effective communication.

Mohawk, who acquired the Strathmore brand in 2005 and has served as steward of the legendary name since, has uncovered a treasure trove of over 100 years of rare, historic and beautiful Strathmore paper promotions called The Strathmore Archive.

Individually, every object is an example of well-considered graphic design. Together, this extensive collection chronicles 100 years of American design and style. Through a series of exhibitions and special events, Mohawk is sharing the contents of this incredible discovery.

“This carefully preserved collection contains extremely rare and historic printed materials which brilliantly display a century of graphic design, type, printing methods and paper making. The collection memorializes the collaboration between a paper manufacturer and the most influential graphic designers of the 20th century,” says Chris Harrold, vice president business development and creative director, Mohawk.

Over the course of the 20th century, Strathmore engaged with a luminary list of American designers to create inspirational campaigns demonstrating the power of paper as a critical element to overall design on par with illustrations, color and typography. The collection includes rarely seen work by William Dwiggins, Will Bradley, Helen Dryden, Oz Cooper, Lester Beall and Pushpin Studios.


In addition to honoring the heritage of Strathmore, Mohawk is also celebrating through innovation, with the introduction of several new fine paper products ensuring the continued legacy of the brand.

Sustaining Strathmore's 120 year legacy which defined fine paper making in America, Mohawk has been inspired by the contents of the Archive to reintroduce four historic colors from the early 20th century.

The carefully curated palette of the Strathmore Heritage Colors includes Golden Olive, Pyro Brown, Dusk Blue and Riviera Rose, representing four distinct periods in the history of Strathmore Papermaking. 

The new shades celebrate the color, texture and the enduring legacy of the Strathmore brand, with broad appeal to a new generation of designers and paper enthusiasts.