Antico Setificio Fiorentino is one of the many tesserae that make up the ancient Silk Road. The 8,000-kilometer historic route allowed the “woolly substance” described by Pliny the Elder in his “Natural History” to travel from China to the Mediterranean, bringing along the art, religion, and great philosophical and scientific ideas of the Orient. It was a complex, ramified itinerary over land, across rivers, and by sea.
In the 12th century, someone – probably Catholic missionaries – had brought back to Florence some incredibly soft fabrics, and the cocoons at their origin. Little by little, silk became an inextinguishable source of employment and wealth in Tuscany… and gave rise to a wonderful form of art.
In the mid-18th century, a few local aristocratic families set up a great silk laboratory. In 1786, it moved to Via Bartolini, in the San Frediano district, where today it is known as Antico Setificio Fiorentino, a brand supported by Stefano Ricci SpA since 2010…
… So silk can continue its beautiful journey in the world.