Rubelli and Moroso at the Musée des Tissus et des Art Décoratifs de Lyon

Rubelli, the Venice textiles company known throughout the world for the quality and innovation of its products, has worked alongside Moroso on the exhibition Lo Sguardo Laterale: Moroso, une recherche entre Arts décoratifs et Design (“A sideways glance - Moroso and exploration in decorative arts and design”). The exhibition, curated by Patrizia Moroso and Marco Viola, is to be held from June 20th to September 1st at the Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs in Lyon, one of the world’s top textile museums.

A walk through the museum space reveals an unusual display of creations by great designers who have produced design pieces with a unique character for Moroso. All this is made even more special by the “dresses” of the seats presented: in precious brocade produced by Rubelli especially for the occasion.

The fabric is a reproduction of a pointed paper housed in fact in the French museum (code MT 49489.6.6) and attributed to Philippe de Lasalle, one of the greatest lead players in the silk industry in the eighteenth century.

The document dates back to the final quarter of the eighteenth century and has, possibly as a tribute to the bucolic passion of Queen Marie Antoinette for the country, an elegant decorative motif with ears of corn, a pair of doves and a straw hat, with added prettiness coming from floaty ribbons and sprigs of blossom.

Thanks to work by the style department first and the weaving phase subsequently, Rubelli has succeeded in reproducing not only the “technical” colours of the pointed paper but, in a totally new and extremely original way, also the pattern of squares of the graph paper.

The richness of the fabric is heightened by the quantity of colours in the wefts - 11 in viscose and 1 in metallic yarn - and by the number of wefts per centimetre. While 50/60 wefts per centimetre are normally used for a rich fabric, as many as 180 were used for this precious brocade.

The 9600 warp yarns in organzine silk, the most precious on the market, go to increase the opulence of the fabric.

A highly complex brocade, made in 3 horizontal repeats with staggered vertical repeat, requiring long production times - more than one hour for weaving just one metre.

The savoir faire of Rubelli and Moroso, two great Italian companies capable of conveying through their products the best in tradition, come together in a place that celebrates the beauty of textiles and decorative arts in their highest forms.

To sum up, the good and the good-looking, which end up as two sides of the same coin.