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Paper Marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other stone. The patterns are the result of color floated on either plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or fabric. Through several centuries, people have applied marbled materials to a variety of surfaces. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding and stationary. Part of its appeal is that each print is a unique monotype.

In Turkey, the art is widely known as ebru today, and continues to be very popular. The usage of this term appears in the late 19th century.