Weaving beauty at Tessitura Bevilacqua
Antica Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua, in Venice, is as open to the world as the city where it was founded. “[I]f geography gave Venice an unrivalled site, the Venetians did the rest. Through all the early years of their history they defied Constantinople to the east of them, and Pope and Holy Roman Emperor to the west; sometimes turning to one, sometimes to the other […]. They were eastern and western both, the Venetians, hot hearts for loving and conquering, icy heads for scheming and ruling.”
With these words, British historian Eilen Power strived to explain part of the secular success achieved by the city on the lagoon and its inhabitants. The same words may apply to a company that since 1875 has practiced the art of weaving on original, 18th-century looms that once belonged to the Venetian School of Silk, before the introduction of the Jacquard machine.
Tessitura Bevilacqua has created fabrics for the White House in Washington, for the Swedish Royal Palace, the Casa Rosada in Argentina, and the Royal Palace of Kuwait; it produces ‘soprarizzo’ velvet garments for Dolce and Gabbana and collaborates with Gucci and Prada. It also supplies fine fabrics to the Vatican: some of the best materials that its ancient machinery has ever made now adorn and bring color to the Basilica of Saint Marc and the churches of Our Lady of the Garden, Saint Zachary, and Saint Mary of the Lily in Venice, and add beauty to the basilicas of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Outside the Walls, the Apostolic Chamber and the Pinacoteca Vaticana in Rome.
A company that weaves beauty into the whole world.