History

  • 1835

    Founding of G.B. Trapolin.

  • 1847

    Lorenzo Rubelli is born in Venice.

  • 1858

    Acquisition of Giacomo Pancera.

  • 1867

    Venice is part of the Kingdom of Italy (1866); Trapolin becomes supplier to the Savoy royal family.

  • 1889

    L. Rubelli takes over G.B. Trapolin.

  • 1897

    “The firm Gio. Battista Trapolin successore Lorenzo Rubelli e C. is undoubtedly the oldest and most renowned in the Veneto region” (Rivista Industriale e Commerciale di Venezia).

  • 1899

    Rubelli furnishes with the famous soprarizzo velvet the central hall of the III International Art Exhibition in Venice.

  • 1902

    Queen Margherita commissions soprarizzo velvet with a blue ground, decorated with the Savoy symbols.

  • 1910

    Dante Zeno becomes his father Lorenzo’s partner and the firm changes its name to Lorenzo Rubelli & Figlio.

  • 1922

    The branch in Florence opens (via Tornabuoni 3R).

  • 1923

    Rubelli takes part in the I International Decorative Arts exhibition at Villa Reale in Monza, exhibiting, among other things, velvet designed by Guido Cadorin.

  • 1926

    The showroom in Rome opens (via del Babuino 86).

  • 1928

    Rubelli supplies the soprarizzo velvet, woven with pure gold, for the carriages of the royal train.

  • 1931

    Alessandro Favaretto Rubelli is born.

  • 1934

    Rubelli exhibits, at the International Art Biennial in Venice, fabrics designed by Gio Ponti, Vittorio Zecchin and Alfredo Carnelutti.

  • 1935

    The showroom in Milan opens (Via Manzoni, 20).

  • 1960

    Partnership with Roberta di Camerino, which continues until the Seventies.

  • 1962

    Matilde, the first of the four children, is born and is later followed by Lorenzo (1963), Nicolò (1964) and Andrea (1970).

  • 1966

    Palazzo Corner Spinelli becomes the Rubelli headquarters.

  • 1976

    Paris: Rubelli opens its first foreign branch office.

  • 1984

    The Zanchi mill in Cucciago (Como) is taken over.

  • 1985

    Acquisition of Percheron S.A., Rubelli subsidiary in London.

  • 1986

    Restoration of La Bella Nani by Veronese, housed in the Louvre.

  • 1987

    Suppliers to the Venice casino.

  • 1989

    Princess: supplies for first cruise ship.

  • 1991

    Acquisition of the company Bises Novità (Rome).

  • 1992

    With Sahco Hesslein Rubelli takes over Bergamo Fabrics in New York.

  • 1994

    The Dubai office opens.

  • 1996

    Sponsorship of the Doge’s apartment at Palazzo Ducale (Venice).

  • 1998

    Acquisition of the company Lisio Tessuti d'Arte (Florence).

  • 1998

    The Moscow showroom opens.

  • 2001

    Takeover of the company Dominique Kieffer (Paris).

  • 2002

    Rubelli becomes a partner of the Peggy Guggenheim collection (Venice).

  • 2003

    Rubelli produces the damask for the renovated rooms of the Albertina museum (Vienna).

  • 2003

    Donation of fabrics for La Fenice (Venice), rebuilt after the terrible fire.

  • 2004

    Production of damask for the boxes at La Scala (Milan).

  • 2005

    Donghia (New York) becomes part of the Rubelli Group.

  • 2005

    Rubelli celebrates its President’s 50th career anniversary. The opera Mitridate by Nicolò Porpora is produced and performed at La Fenice.

  • 2007

    The Shanghai office opens for the Far East.

  • 2008

    Rubelli exhibits for the first time at the Milan furniture fair with its own brand, Donghia.

  • 2008

    Fabrics supplied for the San Carlo theatre (Naples).

  • 2009

    Partnership with Giorgio Armani for the Armani/Casa Exclusive Textiles by Rubelli collection.

  • 2009

    Supply of fabrics for the Petruzzelli theatre (Bari).

  • 2010

    Supply of fabrics for the Armani Hotel at the Burj Khalifa (Dubai).

  • 2011

    Rubelli dresses Bolshoi theatre (Moscow).

  • 2012

    Rubelli at Caffè Florian (Venice).

  • 2012

    Rubelli at Palazzo Reale (Venice).

  • 2012

    Edition of the book "Rubelli. A story of silk in Venice".

  • 2013

    Rubelli and Donghia renew the Gritti Palace