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FOUNDER Lorenzo Rubelli
Fifth-generation CEO Nicolò Favaretto Rubelli now oversees the 132year-old brand while his father, Alessandro, remains president and brothers Andrea and Lorenzo are active on the board.
Handmade velvets, lavish brocades, damasks, and sumptuous silks; the company also has a line of furniture and wallcoverings and produces chic, understated wovens for Dominique Kieffer and exclusive textiles for Armani/Casa. The brand’s Venetian glamour is on full display in the draperies and fabrics that adorn the interiors of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and at La Fenice opera house and the Palazzo Ducale in Venice, all part of Rubelli’s ongoing patronage.
TECHNIQUE While cut and uncut velvet are still woven on four original
hand looms from the late 18th century, Rubelli’s Cucciago factory also has state-of-the-art electronic jacquard looms.
NEWS To commemorate
the 1,600th anniversary of the founding of Venice, the company recently launched San Polo, a new damask in 16 colorways, along with a spring fabric collection.
“Rubelli fabrics are a subtle combination of research, tradition, heritage, and innovation,” Nicolò says.
“Rubelli fabrics are a subtle combination of research, tradition, heritage, and innovation.” NICOLO FAVARETTO RUBELLI