In contemporary books, end papers tend to be a bit boring. They are most often either white or made out of paper in only one colour. - In 18th century, books were decorated with a variety of beautiful endpapers: combed marbled papers, brocade papers (for bindings mostly) or papers with flowery designs... All of them designed to add to the beauty of a carefully leather-bound book.
In 19th century end papers were no longer hand made, but they show a distinct interest in creating something equally beautiful: marbled papers, papers with decorative patterns, embroidered papers, etc. are to be found in all kinds of differnt books.
And just as a suggestion at the end: modern Japanese (Origami) papers.
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