A Tapestry Wonderland
Both a museum and a “factory of contemporary tapestry”, Arazzeria Scassa is one of the few tapestry weaving mills still active in Italy.
Founded by owner Ugo Scassa in 1957, the arazzeria has since been an important centre for the production of tapestries, taking part in international contests and fairs.
A lover of the arts, Ugo Scassa has transformed his passion for paintings and drawings into a well-established tapestries workshop and a point of reference for this ancient art.
Scassa tapestries were commissioned to furbish famous cruise liners such as the Leonardo da Vinci, the Michelangelo and the Raffaello and still decorate rooms in the Italian Senate House, the Vatican, important banks and institutions and the Wenner-Gren Foundation in New York.
The workshop also operates as a centre for the Restoration and Conservation of Tapestries.
One of their most remarkable restorations is “The Banquet of Joseph and his Brothers”, part of the “Stories of Joseph the Hebrew” cycle (Florence, 1545-1553) from the “Manifattura Medicea”, which is now displayed at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome.
The amazing tapestries of Arazzeria Scassa reproduce works of world-renowned Italian and foreign artists like De Chirico, Dali, Ernst, Kandinsky, Matisse, Rousseau, Dorazio, Warhol or Miro.
The technique used is the “haute-lisse”, the highest form of tapestry weaving, a traditional art handed down by the great Masters of the past. It involves a long and difficult process that can take up to 500 hours per square meter. It requires precision, accuracy, skill and …love.
After the artist chooses the pattern, all the required colours are reproduced and the necessary wool yarns are dyed.
The outlines of the pattern are then marked using a drawing projector, so that the highly skilled weavers can gradually build the design, under the supervision of the tapestry maker.
You’ll be able to admire a unique collection of some of these stunning works of art at the Scassa Museum of Tapestries, opened in 2002. The visit will also allow you to observe weavers at work, learn about the weaving technique and see the relevant tools and instruments used in the workshop.
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