I went to Rubelli, and just thinking about it makes me smile. The host of my cute little loft apartment in Padua recommended I go there. How did she know me so well after such a short meeting?
Rubelli was founded in 1858 and produces hand-made fabrics using traditional techniques as well as highly sophisticated textiles.
I rang the head office because I couldn't locate it on google maps. I was given the address, and so my journey began. The water taxi dropped me off on a small jetty opposite the huge emerald double doors. I rang the bell. "Do you have an appointment" "No head office gave me the address, and said to arrive in the afternoon" "Ok come in" I walked through, and a small face popped out of the little window and asked me why I was here in Italian. I started speaking in English and she just ushered me on. I walked through a stunning, huge formal entrance and down a huge corridor and up to the first floor. I felt like Dorothy going to see the Wizard of Oz. I was greeted at the door and guided to the showroom. It was enormous and I was all alone. It was overwhelming. The historical building with its gilded doors, huge windows looking out to the grand canal, 12ft ceilings, and THOSE FABRICS! Truly stunning. Such opulence. Unique, luscious, stunning, artisan…art. I touched each one and there were easily hundreds.
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