About Us

The Scriptum DeskA walk down 600-year-old Turl Street will take you past three Oxford colleges and a row of some of the oldest and best-respected shops in town. Nestled among them is Scriptum Fine Stationery. Inside, amid the smell of leather and the sound of Italian opera, you will find an Aladdin's Cave of hand-stitched leather-bound journals, dip pens, quills, Murano glass pens, inks, sealing wax, prints and Oxfordshire's largest assortment of Venetian masks. We are also proud to number ourselves amongst Oxford's bookshops, with our small but exquisitely bound range of fiction books. 

Azeem Zakria, Scriptum’s director and creative head, founded the business after being inspired by a stationery emporium in Florence. Scriptum opened in Oxford’s Golden Cross in May 2003 and moved to its larger Turl Street premises in 2006.

 Living - as most of us do - amongst a whirl of emails, the hand-written letter holds an increasingly special place in a world where most of our correspondence can be deleted at the touch of a button. In addition to our range of luxurious writing paper, inks and pens, we offer a personal stationery service which enables our customers to have their details printed or engraved on a range of mouldmade and handmade paper, cards and envelopes. In the same vein, we provide a comprehensive wedding stationery service.

Our products are hand picked from small businesses primarily in Britain and Italy, and we are proud of the part we play in ensuring that the old-fashioned values of craftsmanship and attention to detail continue to have a place in the 21st century.

Scriptum prides itself on providing an efficient and personal service and we hope the unique atmosphere of our shop translates into an enjoyable online shopping experience for you.

If you've seen an item when visiting us in Oxford that is currently not available on this website, please let us know over the phone, as we may still be able to ship it to you.