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Indian Series

Indian Imperial

Indian Imperial

The Indian Imperial paper size, a unique and distinct standard, holds its own in the world of paper dimensions. Unlike the ISO A series or ANSI sizes that are more commonly recognized globally, the Indian Imperial stands apart with its specific measurements of 22 x 30 inches.

Originating from India's rich historical context, this paper size is not just a medium for writing or printing but also a reflection of the country's cultural heritage. The Indian Imperial is often used in professional settings such as architectural designs and technical drawings where precision is paramount.

Indian Imperial 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

Despite its regional roots, the Indian Imperial has found acceptance in various international arenas. Its large dimensions make it an ideal choice for detailed illustrations and expansive layouts that require ample space. This versatility has led to its adoption by artists and professionals worldwide who appreciate its unique blend of functionality and tradition.

Interestingly, while most other paper sizes adhere to aspect ratios that allow for seamless scaling between different dimensions (like the √2 ratio followed by ISO A series), the Indian Imperial does not conform to this norm. This deviation adds another layer of uniqueness to this already distinctive paper size.

Whether you're an artist seeking a broad canvas or a professional requiring precise detail work, the Indian Imperial offers an intriguing alternative to more conventional options. Its unique characteristics make it not just a tool but also an embodiment of cultural heritage that continues to find relevance in today's globalized world.

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Interesting facts about Indian Imperial

1: Indian Imperial paper is not a standard paper size

Unlike other well-known paper sizes like A4 or Letter, Indian Imperial paper does not conform to any international standard. It is a unique size that was primarily used in India during the British colonial era.

2: The dimensions of Indian Imperial paper are based on the traditional hand-made paper sheets

The dimensions of Indian Imperial paper were derived from the traditional hand-made paper sheets used in India. These sheets were typically around 30 x 40 inches in size, and the Indian Imperial size was standardized to be slightly smaller at 28 x 43 inches.

3: Indian Imperial paper was commonly used for official documents

During the British rule in India, Indian Imperial paper became widely used for official documents, such as government records, legal papers, and administrative reports. Its large size allowed for more content to be included on a single sheet.

4: The use of Indian Imperial paper declined after India gained independence

After India gained independence from British rule in 1947, there was a shift towards adopting international standards for various aspects including paper sizes. As a result, the use of Indian Imperial paper gradually declined over time.

5: Some printing presses still offer custom printing on Indian Imperial-sized papers

Although less common today, some printing presses in India still offer custom printing services on Indian Imperial-sized papers. This allows individuals or organizations seeking a touch of tradition or uniqueness to have their documents printed on this historic and distinctive sized-paper.

6: The aspect ratio of Indian Imperial paper is approximately √2

The aspect ratio (width-to-height ratio) of Indian Imperial paper is approximately √2, which means that when the paper is halved along its longer side, the resulting halves have the same aspect ratio as the original sheet. This property is shared by other standard paper sizes like A4 and Letter.

7: Indian Imperial paper is larger than most commonly used international paper sizes

Indian Imperial paper, with its dimensions of 28 x 43 inches, is significantly larger than commonly used international paper sizes like A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inches) or Letter (8.5 x 11 inches). Its larger size made it suitable for accommodating more content or detailed designs.

8: The use of Indian Imperial-sized papers can be traced back to ancient times

The use of large-sized papers in India can be traced back to ancient times when hand-made papers were produced using traditional techniques. These papers were often used for writing manuscripts, religious texts, and royal decrees.

9: Indian Imperial-sized papers are still sought after by collectors

Due to their historical significance and rarity, Indian Imperial-sized papers are sought after by collectors of antique documents and memorabilia. These unique pieces provide a glimpse into India's colonial past and hold cultural value.

10: The popularity of Indian Imperial-sized papers influenced other regional variations

The popularity of Indian Imperial-sized papers in India influenced the development of similar regional variations in neighboring countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh. These countries also adopted their own unique sizes based on traditional hand-made sheets.