Make yourself comfortable and take two minutes to read how everything began at Arte Ricami, more than 80 years ago.
Our story starts in 1932 when my great grandmother Iole buys a small location in Via Roma, a narrow cobbled stone street in the heart of Fosdinovo, the lovely Tuscan village where I was born. There she opens her tailoring shop where all the girls from the village go to learn how to hand embroider. Her daughter, my grandmother Giorgina, takes on the shop after the II world war. She is able to transform her creativity into fantastic pieces of art such as hand embroidered curtains and bed sheets and with the support of her husband she is able to transform Arte Ricami into a successful business, supplying all the locals with handcrafted goods.
Next, it is Giorgina’s only child, my father Roberto, which takes over the reins of the company. Although in these years the machine embroidery gains ground on the market, my father insists on further investing into the beautiful art of hand embroidery and together with my mother they open a brand new and more spacious home textile shop in Fosdinovo. The product range of Arte Ricami widens significantly during this period to include fabric collections for curtains & upholstery, bath & bed linens, fabric lamp shades and kitchen & dining linens. After university and work experience abroad, I start to understand more clearly the unique value of my parent’s creations.
Creating and producing a product in Italy means crafting a quality product, contributing to the local economy, passing on traditions and culture to the next generation, knowing one’s environment well and how to respect it. Watching my parents working over the years, I learn to appreciate the attributes of a family business such as creativity, being independent and believing in a vision of spreading handcrafted goods. So I decide to dive into the family business and into the endless combinations of colors, fabrics, designs but also relationships with our customers, highly skilled embroiderers and suppliers. This interaction dictates the rhythm of my everyday life and the enthusiasm of my family is the pillar of Arte Ricami. Our current laboratory used to be the first shop my great grandmother Iole opened in 1932.
Every day we draw our inspiration from this story, always keeping an eye open for new tastes and trends. The result is unique high quality products that emerge from a little laboratory on a Tuscan hill side and end up in homes around the world.