In Florence, the art of silk weaving found its natural home and flourished in the Fourteenth century bringing prestige to the city and wealth to its merchants. The silk woven in Florence reached its peak during the heir of the Medici. To welcome the Grand Duke Cosimo to Florence, story tells that the streets were draped with “precious tapestries”.
From the Renaissance age onwards, silk was the source of wealth for many noble Florentine families, including della Gherardesca, Pucci, Bartolozzi, Corsini and Agresti, who decided to establish a single workshop that would regroup all their looms and fabrics. This establishment was located in Via de’ Tessitori (Weavers Street).
In the heart of Florence, Antico Setificio Fiorentino is an ancient silk mill that manufactures its treasures using original looms from the 18th century. The silk mill was founded in 1786 by noble Florentine families and later supported by grand duke Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena with the donation of two looms.
The Antico Setificio Fiorentino is the heir of a great tradition of renaissance textile art and history, thanks also to its famous warping machine based on a design by Leonardo da Vinci.
In the middle of the fifties, the Antico Setificio Fiorentino flourished thanks to the acquisition by Marquis Emilio Pucci and the other founding families of the shareholding majority, a takeover which enabled the company to manufacture textiles to furnish stately homes of Italian and international nobility.
The famous silk mill went on to decorate and restore the most beautiful and prestigious homes and museums throughout Europe: from the Tribune of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence to the curtains of Palazzo Madama in Rome and the furnishings of the Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
The acquisition of Antico Setificio Fiorentino by the STEFANO RICCI company in 2010, assured its future and the continuation of this remarkable jewel of craftsmanship under a Florentine direction. The launch of STEFANO RICCI’s Royal Suite Collection home line brought the work of the Antico Setificio Fiorentino to the attention of an international elite. This encouraged a renewed interest in the historical “atelier” which recently conquered the fashion and yachting world.