What makes our maps unique?
Maps have been a part of civilizations for centuries. They describe
the known world and occasionally made guesses about unknown
portions. From the beginning of cartographic pursuits until recently,
maps were the product of the hand…hand etched copper plates or
wood blocks….hand applied coloration. This process produced
maps that were simultaneously informative and beautiful.
We have revived this process of originally designed maps with hand
coloration. Each of our maps is a creation of the New World
Cartography artisans. Sometimes they tell a story of history and
others describe beautifully the world around us. While we take
inspiration from great antique maps of the past, each map is a new
design that describes the 21st century landscape. The designs are
executed with the talented hands of our cartographic artists because
no computer generated map can match the subtlety of a hand drawn
map. Once the map is drawn and prints produced, color is applied
to each print individually. This results in slight variations amongst
the prints but also gives a beautiful range of colors. Coloration
techniques vary from watercolors to colored pencils with each color
and technique selected for a specific look and feel. Each map also
has a unique serialized nameplate affixed to the rear of the frame,
further underscoring the individuality of each of our maps.
If you appreciate antique maps, hand produced items, and an expert
blend of information and beauty, we are sure you will enjoy maps
produced by New World Cartography.