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Columbian Series



Pliego, a paper size with a rich history and unique dimensions, stands out in the world of print media. Part of the ISO 216 standard, it measures an impressive 70 x 100 cm. This makes it one of the largest paper sizes available, providing ample space for creative designs and expansive layouts.

Interestingly, Pliego is not part of the more commonly known A series (A0 to A10) or B series (B0 to B10) in the ISO standard. Instead, it belongs to a less familiar category known as the C series. This group is primarily used for envelopes and folders but also includes larger formats like Pliego.

Pliego paper dimensions


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2A046.81 x 66.221189 x 1682119 x 1683370 x 4768
A120.51 x 0.7113 x 181 x 237 x 51
4A066.22 x 93.621682 x 2378168 x 2384768 x 6741
A110.71 x 1.0218 x 262 x 351 x 74
A101.02 x 1.4626 x 373 x 474 x 105
A3+12.95 x 19.02329 x 48333 x 48933 x 1369
A1+23.98 x 35.98609 x 91461 x 911726 x 2591
A0+35.98 x 50.87914 x 129291 x 1292591 x 3662
A64.13 x 5.83105 x 14811 x 15298 x 420
A55.83 x 8.27148 x 21015 x 21420 x 595
A48.27 x 11.69210 x 29721 x 30595 x 842
A311.69 x 16.54297 x 42030 x 42842 x 1191
A91.46 x 2.0537 x 524 x 5105 x 147
A216.54 x 23.39420 x 59442 x 591191 x 1684
A82.05 x 2.9152 x 745 x 7147 x 210
A123.39 x 33.11594 x 84159 x 841684 x 2384
A72.91 x 4.1374 x 1057 x 11210 x 298
A033.11 x 46.81841 x 118984 x 1192384 x 3370

The name 'Pliego' originates from Spain and translates to 'sheet' or 'fold'. It's widely used in Spanish-speaking countries for posters, blueprints, maps and other large-scale prints that require significant detail.

Despite its size, Pliego maintains an aspect ratio close to √2:1 - a characteristic shared by all ISO paper sizes. This allows for easy scaling between different formats without distortion or loss of content.

Pliego offers unique advantages due to its large format and adherence to ISO standards. Its versatility makes it ideal for various applications where detail and scale are paramount.

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Interesting facts about Pliego

1: Pliego Paper Origin

Pliego paper, also known as "papel de pliego" in Spanish, has its origins in Spain. It was traditionally made by hand using a mold and deckle.

2: Large Sheet Size

Pliego paper is known for its large sheet size. It measures approximately 70 x 100 centimeters (27.5 x 39.37 inches), making it ideal for various artistic and printing purposes.

3: Traditional Use in Bookbinding

In the past, Pliego paper was commonly used for bookbinding due to its durability and strength. It provided a sturdy foundation for the pages of books.

4: Handmade Craftsmanship

The production of Pliego paper involves skilled craftsmanship. Each sheet is carefully crafted by hand, ensuring attention to detail and quality control throughout the process.

5: Natural Fiber Content

Pliego paper is typically made from natural fibers such as cotton or linen rags. This gives it a unique texture and enhances its longevity.

6: Versatile Surface Texture

The surface texture of Pliego paper can vary depending on the desired outcome. It can range from smooth to slightly textured, allowing artists and printers to achieve different effects.

7: Acid-Free Properties

To ensure long-term preservation of artwork or documents, Pliego paper is often acid-free. This prevents yellowing or deterioration over time.

8: Suitable for Various Artistic Techniques

The characteristics of Pliego paper make it suitable for various artistic techniques such as printmaking, drawing, painting, and calligraphy.

9: Limited Production

Due to the labor-intensive nature of its production, Pliego paper is often produced in limited quantities. This adds to its exclusivity and value.

10: Modern Adaptations

In recent years, modern adaptations of Pliego paper have emerged. While still honoring the traditional craftsmanship, these adaptations may incorporate contemporary materials or techniques to meet the demands of today's artists and printers.