The historic Venetian company Rubelli - leader in the production and sale of top-of-the-range furnishing fabrics - is present in royal palaces, museums, theatres, castles, hotels, cruise liners and luxury private homes.
Its name is linked to the most prestigious Italian theatres such as La Fenice in Venice and Milan's La Scala where it is both fabric supplier and technical sponsor in the project to restore the Theatre and Museum .
In respect of the fundamental safety requisites, all fabrics used in the two theatres are in silk and Kanekaron , an intrinsically fire retardant yarn.
Theatre alla Scala
Rubelli has supplied about 2700 metres of scarlet empire style damask for the walls of the theatre boxes. The Rubelli damask reproduces a previous fabric. The pattern was reconstructed from study of a number of fragments found under more recent wall coverings. As well as the main fabric, 800 metres of coordinated damask were also produced in the same scarlet colour. A version of this damask with a smaller pattern was also designed to cover the seats and sofas in the boxes. Finally, 400 metres of plain satin in the same colour as the damask and coordinate were produced to line the velvet curtains in the boxes.
Museum alla Scala
The patterns were chosen by director Pier Luigi Pizzi.
Two sumptuous damasks were used, one from Rubelli’s archives, the other from the Lisio collection (again from Rubelli).
The former is inspired by an original lampas from the first quarter of the 19th century reproducing garlands of laurel bound with ribbons. The second features a typical empire motif reworked in a fire retardant version.
Produced in a number of colour variations, the fabrics have been used for wall coverings, curtains and upholstery. Rubelli's technical sponsorship covered curtains and upholstery in the main foyer and the box foyer on the 1st and 2nd floors.
The La Scala and La Fenice theatres are just two examples of this hundred year old Venetian company's skills in the historical reconstruction and reproduction of fabric decorations. Other prestigious Rubelli projects include the Doge's Palace in Venice and the Albertina Museum in Wien.