Increased diplomatic exchange between the Timurid and Ming courts after about 1424 led to a fashion for using Chinese papers in Timurid manuscripts, especially fancy coloured papers decorated with gold sprinkling. A range of colours including blues, pinks, lavenders, yellows and greens became available, and used mostly, as in this case, in poetry manuscripts. The paper used for this manuscript is noticeably heavy and highly polished. Some pages are decorated with characteristically Chinese motifs such as naturalistic details of plants, one page bearing an image of a pagoda.
Two manuscripts on Chinese coloured paper from the Turk ve Islam Museum in Istanbul are published in David J. Roxburgh, Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, Exh. cat., London, 2005, nos. 178-9, pp.228-9 and 421.