If you're sufficiently au fait with your Finnish vocabulary, then you'll know that paperiaarre
is Finnish for "paper treasure".... Now, I don't know about you, but I'm already totally
charmed by the fact that there is a single word for paper treasures in this language :)
These particular paperiaarre are the work of Finnish bookbinder Kaija Rantakari and I've
just spent ages scrolling through this amazing collection of matchboxes and choosing a
tiny selection below. You can see them all by visiting her blog here.
There's something so exquisite about these tiny worlds and they have a real sense of the
'found object' about them, as if you have just happened upon a secret or precious
keepsake, and this feeling of portable treasure is intensified by their matchbox size.