Rubelli, a family company founded in Venice in 1858, produces and sells high-end furnishing fabrics, baroque, damasks, velvets, silks and lampas, which are a trend in the world of textile design.
Many halls of Venetian palaces are covered with Rubelli fabrics, but also the most famous theaters like La Fenice, La Scala and San Carlo. Famous celebrities highlight its elegance, such as the famous Bogonghi bag by Giuliana Camerino, made with Rubelli fabric and worn by Grace Kelly in Venice in 1959. The fabrics are also used for costumes and plays (The Crusader in Egypt) and of film (The dangerous relationships with Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman) reaching the boy wizard Harry Potter whose magic cloak is signed by Rubelli.
The Rubelli workshop, in addition to 28 modern electronic looms, also houses 3 fully functioning eighteenth-century hand looms. Transferring from Venice to Cucciago in the Nineties, the old hand looms allow Rubelli to still produce the soprarizzi, or precious handmade silk velvets: a process that very few companies in the world are still able to perform.
The Montezuma velvet reminds me of the work of Vivaldi that in 1733 was presented in Venice, for the fabrics with strong and opulent contrasts of the Mexican ruler.
40% viscose, 40% cotton, 20% polyester.
The name of this striped jaquard is a play on the Italian words riga and gatto – stripe and cat. Alongside an uneven jacquard stripe with linen and polyester ground another one is added with a “pile” effect, created by n additional viscose weft. The weaving phase is followed by a first finishing in which a machine cuts the viscose weft and then a second finishing which makes it “puffer”, creating the pile effect. The result is a mix between a jacquard fabric and a velvet.
54% spun rayon, 34% polyester, 12% linen.