Silk is one of the oldest fabrics known to man, its discovery as a weavable fiber dating back as early as the mid-third century BC in China. Europe was exposed to the incomparable delicacy of silkâ€”soft, sensuous and shimmering in its opulenceâ€”via the "Silk Road" which created an insatiable demand. In order to counteract the harmful currency drain resulting from the import of silk, Louis XI chose Lyon as the site for a silk industry in 1466, which flourished for over three centuries. Revolutionized with the invention of the silk loom in 1804, the weaving of complex designs was made possible by automatically controlling the warp and weft threads on a silk loom with recorded patterns of holes in a string of cards. Exactingly printed to recreate the luminosity of classic era silk, our French Ornate Rouge journal is dedicated to the beautiful fabrics of the Jacquard loom silk weaving tradition. This unique book has a subtly weighted strap for secure closing, satin ribbon place markers and a convenient memento pouch.