Check my Etsy store for in-stock Mapshades
or contact me today, for custom
MapShades - Lampshade Description
These lampshades are made of the highest
quality materials and are completely hand cut
and hand stitched to feature the area of your
The paper map is sandwiched between a fiberglass
and protected by a polycarbonate film which is
easily cleaned with a damp cloth.
They are then stitched to the hardware of
your choice with raffia ribbon or thin hemp
Hardware varieties include clip-top, washer
top, bridge lamp and chimney.
We have many sizes to choose from, but may
be limited by the size and shape of the map, and
the area you wish to feature.
What is the Difference Between
a Map and a Chart?
A map emphasizes land
forms, usually including a representation of
relief, and surface paths such as roads and
trails. Shorelines are represented in
approximation and at mean sea level. It is a
static document which serves as a reference
guide and can not be used to plot a course as
special consideration for the type of vehicle or
condition of roads is rarely given. MapShades
are made with United States Government Survey
A chart, especially a nautical chart, is a
working document used by navigators to plot
courses for boats in bodies of water. It shows a
very detailed and accurate representation of the
coastline, as well as critical information of
the area below the water surface. This
information may include tidal levels, water
depths, buoys, wrecks, rocks or obstructions,
and may indicate points and positions where
specific maneuvers, such as changing courses,
must be performed. MapShades are made with
Duncan Press lake charts or National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration charts.
For more information on MapShades, please
call Jennifer Allen
603-284-7468, or email
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