The precious fabrics itinerary at San Marco

In the San Marco district for example, in the atelier at Palazzo Corner Spinelli, you can admire the Lorenzo Rubelli showroom, a historical brand, that produces cloth with every type of yarn, from wool to viscose since 1858 and boasts exclusive damask like the one in organzine silk or the gold Mocenigo damask covering the walls of a room of the Doge’s apartment at the Doge’s Palace.
A few steps away there is the atelier of Mario Bevilacqua and his wife Paola where sumptuous damasks and brocades, used also to cover cushions, bedspreads and evening handbags, can be admired and bought. At Gaggio’s you find the extremely soft pure silk velvet used for dresses, scarves, hats and light shoes similar to the “furlane”, the typical venetian slippers and what’s more also rugs and tapestry for the bedhead. Then there is Trois Antichità, known for its wonderful printed cotton fabrics of the Antico Cotonificio Veneziano.

On the other side of the city, in the district of Santa Croce, there are the weavers of the antique manufacture Luigi Bevilacqua, who still weave on wooden looms dating back to the Settecento and producing marvellous lampasso fabrics, satins, brocatelle and pure silk velvets. The same (produced of course on the basis of exclusive designs) embellishing some rooms of the Royal Palace in Stockholm, of the White House and the Quirinal.
Not to be missed the Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo – Centro Studi di Storia del Tessuto e del Costume (Palazzo Mocenigo Museum— Study Centre of the History of Fabrics and Costumes) also in Santa Croce, where the permanent exhibition of clothes, accessories and antique fabrics can be admired.

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