Paper Sizes


Wait a minute... Aren't 11x17 & 17x11 the same size?

The answer is Yes and No. Depending on what you will be using the paper for, the "grain direction" of the paper matters.  

Direction of predominant fiber alignment, usually the machine direction. The directionality of paper must be taken into account in measuring such paper strength properties as tear, tensile, and folding endurance. Grain direction can also influence the curl of a cut sheet if it is stretched or moistened.

If you will be folding, scoring/creasing, or binding the paper, it is recommended that you do so in parallel to the grain (aka the "long direction").  

French grain directions are indicated by the order of the sheet size dimensions.
The long grain follows the second number in the dimension.

For example, 25x38 would indicate the grain is long in the 38" direction. If the size is listed as 38x25, the grain will be long in the 25" direction.

French paper & The Environment

We have a legacy of sustainability and are committed to continuing what we started almost 100 years ago.

In 1922 French Paper Company had the foresight to invest in hydro-powered generators. That decision has allowed French to conserve over 1,000,000 barrels of fossil fuels over nearly a century.  

French Paper Company has been manufacturing paper for over 150 years in Niles, Michigan.

French Paper has persevered for all these years by listening to customers, becoming one of the strongest, smartest, and most consistent paper brands around. They keep their eye on the bottom line by improving their product lines.

French Paper Company joined Finch Paper Holdings in 2019. Finch Paper, located in Glens Falls NY, is a vertically integrated paper manufacturer specializing in high-bright, uncoated papers for North American printing and converting markets. Together, Finch + French offer customers a superior array of fine uncoated paper products.