In 1557, in the small hamlet of Annonay in France, there was a paper company owned by the Montgolfier family. An interest in science and technology led the family to build the first hot-air balloon using paper from its mills. This was quite an impressive feat for the time.

In 1798, Alexandrine Montgolfier married Barthélémy Barou de la Lombardière de Canson, bringing a special dowry: her father’s paper factory, which had been hoisted to the rank of Manufacture Royale and was recognized for its fine paper.

Over several generations, Canson has managed to retain the expertise of master craftsmen stationers while continuing to innovate. It introduced tracing paper in 1807, invented the first dyed paper and called it Mi-Teintes, developed a patented photographic paper in 1865 used by the pioneers of photography, invented the famous school “pochette” in 1947, and launched the Infinity portfolio in 2008, a range of paper dedicated to inkjet printing for art photography.

Over the centuries, some of the greatest artists and designers have used Canson paper, which is still made in Annonay today and exported to 150 countries. Canson is the global market leader of fine arts paper, conservation products, school and leisure drawing paper, as well as technical and digital printing paper.