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Luigi Bevilacqua Srl

The weaving mill Luigi Bevilacqua was established in Venice around 1700, but its weaving tradition began many centuries before: at least in 1499, the year written on the scroll on a painting by Giovanni Mansueti and bearing the name “Giacomo Bevilacqua weaver”. It is one of the most ancient working weaving mills in Europe. We still weave by hand the unique soprarizzo velvet using the same techniques and high quality required by the Doges, on the original looms of the 18th century, which belonged to the Venetian silk weaving school. Our historical archive, containing more than 3500 patterns, is a source of inspiration for famous stylists and interior designers from all over the world. Since the 1930s the company has been supplementing its manual production, still located in the historical offices on the Grand Canal, with mechanical manufacturing methods. All our works are based on exclusive Bevilacqua designs and use the finest techniques to ensure the quality and prestige of the brand.

The Tessitura Bevilacqua has both a mechanical and a manual production. The latter is still located in Venice, in the Santa Croce district, looking onto the Grand Canal. Its finest fabric is also the one with the most complex manufacturing: the soprarizzo velvet. It is a peculiar velvet, typical of Venice, with two different kinds of pile: curly velvet and cut velvet. It owes its name to the fact that the cut velvet is over the curly one: hence sopra-riccio or soprarizzo (“over-the-curl”). The difference between these two manufactures both enriches the drawing and creates different shades of colour, by using the same threads. Indeed, curly velvet reflects light and appears to be brighter, whereas cut velvet absorbs light and is therefore darker. The manufacture is extremely slow, since each loom can produce a few tens of centimetres a day. But the delight of producing something unique, whose secret only few people in the world know, is worth all the effort.
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