Venice boasts some of the world’s finest fabrics and textile designs. Three of the most respected factories are within easy reach of the Venice Passenger Cruise Terminal.
On Giudecca Island, adjacent to the Molino Stucky Hilton, is Fortuny Textiles Fabric. World-class designs are inspired by the brilliant and enigmatic Mariano Fortuny, who was born in 1871 into a family of renowned artists in Granada, Spain.
Fortuny moved to Venice in 1889 and lived there until his death in 1949. The Fortuny factory and showroom continue to carry on his legacy. For more information: http://www.fortuny.com/, +39 041 528 7697. Have an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad? Download the Fortuny Fabric Browser at Apple’s App Store.
The Rubelli Collection brings together age-old Venetian know-how and the passion of five generations. See the collection at the Rubelli S.p.A. Textiles Showroom at Palazzo Corner Spinelli, San Marco.
There’s also the Rubelli historical archive, featuring more than 6,000 textile records dating from the end of the 15th century to the first half of the 20th century. For more information, http://www.rubelli. com/ +39 041 241 73 29
The old looms of Tessitura Luigi Bevilaqua srl. found a home in Venice’s Santa Croce district. It’s fascinating to watch the production of fine fabrics on the antique hand-operated looms. Afterward, visit the showroom. For more information: http://www.luigi-bevilacqua.com/ +39 041 721 566