Claessens Linen Canvas Rolls

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Up to the beginning of the 20th century, many professional artists prepared their own canvases. As more and more amateurs took up the brush, the demand for canvases prepared by traditional methods grew. In 1906, in the middle of Belgium's Flax District and near the River Leie, Victor Claessens founded a company to produce artist-quality canvas, using and refining the tried-and-tested methods that had been passed down from generation to generation. More than a century later, Claessens NV is still operating in its original location in Waregem, Belgium. Inspired by the proven techniques and methods of the great Flemish and Dutch Masters, Victor Claessens descendants have made a conscious choice to retain a small-scale approach to production and to honor the traditional methods for preparing artists canvas. Today much of the work is done by machine, but the core of the production process remains unchanged. Craftsmanship and attention to detail continue to be key elements. Experts and internationally renowned artists alike appreciate the qualities of a Claessens canvas an archival support of exceptional quality that enhances the creative process.

Thread Count - The tightness of the weave, in cotton and linen canvas, is measured by the thread count, which aggregates the number of threads per inch in the warp and the weft. Thread count is measured in threads per square inch, abbreviated TPI. A higher thread count produces a finer cloth, prized for detail as in portraiture, but not necessarily as strong.

Item Specs

Item Specs

No. Style Canvas
9 Fine Smooth Texture, Oil-primed 390 13.76
12 Smooth Texture, Oil-primed 385 13.58
13 Smooth Texture, Oil-primed 325 11.46
20 Medium Texture, Oil-primed 420 14.81
29 Rough Texture, Oil-primed 560 19.75
66 Medium Texture, Oil-primed 457 16.12
15DP Medium Texture, Double Oil-primed 500 17.64


Canvas Roll Measurements 82" × 6 yds 2.1 m × 5.5 m