Old maps and handmade paper simply go together. Today’s handmade paper production uses the same technology

on which maps and other documents were printed in previous centuries and, thus, gives each and every map reprint

a quality that is hugely valued today: authenticity. We believe that they make an excellent feature that can adorn

every sophisticated interior.

Read more about our maps, and the material and printing technique we use:

Our Uniqueness

What sets us apart from other shops offering reproductions of ancient originals? Firstly, it is the material: other

companies print on modern paper made from cellulose meaning that the authenticity of the reproduction is lost.

We use high quality handmade paper sheets made manually in a small warehouse in the Czech Republic; the

very same material used to print the original maps centuries ago. Secondly, we check all of our maps and remove

any distracting soiling and stains that the original map has accumulated over the centuries. Only the minimum

of soiling is kept to retain authenticity. The result is a wonderful map reproduced on authentic material – the

perfect combination.

Map Selection

Our maps are selected with care and interest. In our collection, we prefer to cover places around the World that are

either popular tourist destinations that we believe stand out for their genius loci or, more often, we choose maps that

we simply consider to be especially beautiful pieces. Maps of continents, the whole World, and ancient celestial charts

are also included. Maps originating from the 16th to early 20th centuries are available in our catalogue. We update our

selection with new maps every month. If you can’t find your favourite location in our existing map selection then just

let us know and we will do our best to track it down. The original maps are refined so they are more presentable; no

major soiling, tears, or stains on the original documents are printed on the reproductions. However, to keep the maps

authentic, so they reflect their years, some minor soiling or stains are kept on the reproductions.

Map with a Story

Maps can be story-telling beauties indeed. Step by step, we add a short story to every map because we believe it is

the best way of introducing a place in its historical context. The story is often based on the location covered by the

map and the time the particular map was first printed. Sometimes, the theme is less restricted to the time of

the original map printing. Notable residents of the place are often introduced. Recommendations for novels,

travelogues or other non-fiction books are added to some maps to provide you with the opportunity to learn more

about the particular location. Please note that we want our maps to be perceived simply as a selection of aesthetic

wonders. We have no intention of emphasising any religion or political orientation with our selection of maps or

stories. As such, this shop is and always will be strictly apolitical.

Handmade Paper

We use handmade paper produced based on the original formula for hand papermaking that has been used since

the 16th century. Unlike modern paper made of cellulose, our handmade paper is made of a mixture of cotton and

linen. It is very thick; the standard weight is 200g per m2. The paper is made in a small manufacturing plant in

the Czech Republic. Read more about handmade paper's history, technology and current use here.


The map posters are not kept in stock; each map is printed based on your order.

An archival print is used for all of our map reproductions. We use a modern inkjet printer for printing with high-quality

toners to make sure the colours are bright and long-lasting, even when permanently exposed to daylight. The printed

margins between the end of the map (frame) and the end of the printed area is a minimum of 2 cm / 0.8 inches. This

margin ensures that the map can be comfortably framed. The margins between the end of the printed area and the paper’s

edge differ according to the specific map proportions. We make sure every single map is a high-resolution print. We offer

two or three print sizes, which ensures we meet the high-resolution standard. However, please note that handmade paper

is a special medium with a very specific texture. The paper is naturally bumpy, just like in the old times. This is the type

of surface that we believe best suits antique map reproductions. Please do not expect a smooth and glossy surface such

as with a photograph, as this is not the medium we use for our prints.


Image source: Kobeica


Image source: Kobeica


The map reproductions can be ordered as a print only or as a framed poster. Our frames are made of wood and we offer three

different colours to choose from. Click here for detailed information about the frames we use.

Customer service

Gift wrapping: is your map a wedding or anniversary present? Let us know! We will gift wrap it for you, free of charge.

Size: If you require a different size print to our preset options, please let us know.

Material: The handmade paper is a unique material that makes the map reproductions an authentic item. However, this paper

making technology sets clear limits as it comes to the size of the paper sheet. If you wish to have a larger map poster, please

contact us, we can make a bespoke order.

Property Rights

The original maps are either part of our private collection or electronic copies that have been acquired from various institutions

such as museums or libraries. In the latter case, the acquired files were listed as “public domain” according to the Open Access

classification. Written confirmation of this status has been given by the relevant institutions. The "public domain" status means

that the documents have been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and

neighbouring rights. The documents displayed on the Kobeica website remain in the public domain, although the acquired

electronic files have been modified by our staff in order to erase major dirt and stains. Enjoy the beauty of our antique maps with us!


Raku Pottery

Beside map reproductions, we offer other home decor products that can be associated with or are inspired by a country or a region though

its theme or method of production. Raku ware is one of these. It is made using a traditional pottery making technique. Raku means

“enjoyment”, “comfort” or “ease” and has been used in Japanese tea ceremonies and later became a popular technique in America and

Europe. The products we offer are made by a Western-style raku ware using a special horse-hair method. The ceramic products are made

by Mr. Michal Plíhal, a leading raku artist in the Czech Republic.

Hacuboku Cushion Covers

Beside map reproductions, we offer other home decor products that can be associated with or are inspired by a country or a region though

its theme or method of production. Hacuboku cushion covers are designed based on an inspiration by traditional Japanese hatsuboku –

an ink based painting technique. They are designed and produced by Hacuboku, an artist and designer based in the Czech Republic.

Image source: hacuboku

Buckwheat-Filled Cushions

We have designed a set of six square-shaped maps from our selection to use in the design of our buckwheat-filled cushions. These can be

purchased separately or as a set of six. They are made from 100% cotton and can be heated in a microwave and used as a natural warmer.

The cushions are ideal for children’s rooms, for holiday homes, cottages, balconies and terraces.

For more information about this product, click here.

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