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Belonging to the ISO paper size standard, Raisin is a unique and versatile paper size that holds its own in the world of print and design. With dimensions of 500 x 650 mm, it offers ample space for various applications, from art prints to architectural drawings.

As part of the ISO B series, Raisin falls under a system that's ingeniously designed based on the aspect ratio of √2. This ensures that when you cut or fold the paper in half along its larger dimension, you retain the same aspect ratio. A feature that not only maintains consistency but also enhances usability across different scales.

Raisin 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

Raisin's generous dimensions make it an ideal choice for large-scale projects. It provides enough room for detailed illustrations or comprehensive layouts without compromising on clarity or legibility. This makes it a popular choice among architects, designers, and artists who require more space to express their creativity.

Despite its European origins under ISO standards, Raisin has found global acceptance due to its practicality and versatility. Its unique size fills a niche between ANSI B (11 x 17 inches) and ANSI C (17 x 22 inches), offering an alternative option for those seeking something different from traditional North American sizes.

Raisin is more than just another paper size—it's a testament to thoughtful design principles meeting practical application needs. Whether you're drafting architectural blueprints or creating large-scale artwork, Raisin offers an optimal canvas that combines functionality with aesthetic appeal.

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Interesting facts about Raisin

1: Raisin paper is not made from actual raisins

Despite its name, raisin paper does not contain any raisins in its composition. The name "raisin" refers to the color of the paper, which resembles the dark brown shade of dried grapes.

2: Raisin paper is a type of kraft paper

Raisin paper belongs to the kraft paper family. It is made from wood pulp that undergoes a chemical pulping process, resulting in a strong and durable material.

3: Raisin paper has excellent tear resistance

Due to its high tensile strength, raisin paper is known for its exceptional tear resistance. This makes it ideal for packaging materials and heavy-duty applications.

4: Raisin paper is commonly used for grocery bags

Raisin paper's durability and eco-friendly nature make it a popular choice for manufacturing grocery bags. It can withstand heavy loads without tearing or breaking easily.

5: Raisin paper can be recycled multiple times

Raisin paper is highly recyclable and can be reused several times before losing its quality. Recycling helps reduce waste and promotes sustainability in the printing industry.

6: Raisin papers are available in various thicknesses

Ranging from thin sheets to thicker boards, raisin papers come in different thickness options to suit various printing and packaging needs.

7: The term "raisin" originated from Germany

The term "raisinpapier" was first used in Germany during the early 20th century to describe this particular shade of brown paper. The name eventually spread and became widely recognized.

8: Raisin paper is often used for bookbinding

Bookbinders often choose raisin paper for its strength and flexibility. It provides excellent support to the book's spine while maintaining a visually appealing appearance.

9: Raisin paper can be coated for added protection

To enhance its resistance to moisture, grease, or other external factors, raisin paper can be coated with materials like wax or polyethylene. This coating adds an extra layer of protection.

10: Raisin paper is part of the ISO A series

Raisin paper follows the ISO A series standard for paper sizes. The most common size in this series is A4 (210 mm × 297 mm), which is widely used for printing documents worldwide.