Rubelli for the Theatre la Fenice

The day after the terrible fire which reduced to ashes the Venetian Theatre La Fenice, Rubelli - in the person of its President Alessandro Favaretto Rubelli - committed itself to donating, in due time, all the textile decorations of the Sale Apollinee.

Today the work of reconstruction is complete and the prestigious Venetian theatre has risen again, just like the phoenix whose name it bears. Once again, Rubelli silk damasks decorate the magnificent Sale Apollinee and velvets in silk and in wool, woven in collaboration with Manifattura Tessile of Nole, upholster the auditorium.

Thorough research on photographic material of various origin and on textile documents of the Rubelli archives has made it possible to historically reconstruct the textile decorations of the Sale Apollinee. Starting out from the original document of neoclassical taste, Rubelli went on to the reproduction on modern looms of a silk damask (in accordance with safety regulations thanks to the insertion of a fireproof yarn) in ivory and gold tints, where the phoenix is the principal decorative element.

As for the fabrics for the theatre interior, they were produced in collaboration with Manifattura Tessile of Nole. These fabrics consist of all the silk and wool velvets - they too in accordance with fire regulations - for the hangings and the 135 small and precious pelmets that decorate the boxes.

To conclude, a curiosity: a minuscule sample of antique pink cotton velvet, furnished by Rubelli in 1935 for the orchestra seats and the trimmings, and jealously guarded in the historical archives of the firm, proved to be invaluable. In fact, this tonality of pink was taken as the sample colour for the various elements of the theatre, with the exception of the royal box, which was decorated in ruby-red fabrics.