The history of Royal Talens goes back to 1899. In that year, Marten Talens founded the "Dutch Factory for Paints, Lacquers, and Inks" based in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Rembrandt Soft Pastels have since become one of the most popular artist pastels in the world.
Rembrandt Artists' Soft Pastels are made from the best quality, pure pigments finely ground in an extra-fine Kaolin clay binder. They have a velvety smooth softness and are thoroughly blended and uniform, without hard bits or sharp edges that could cause shiny spots or scratches during application. Each round pastel stick is paper-wrapped and printed with the colour name and number, the price series letter, the lightfastness rating and the number suffix indicating whether it is a shade (.3), pure tone (.5), or a tint (.7, .8, .9, etc.).
Sets contain full-stick pastels except where noted. Wood box sets feature sturdy, beautiful boxes with molded foam inserts to protect the pastel sticks, making them both beautiful and practical.