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Details from the Palazzo Colonna in Rome, Italy.
This beautiful repeat pattern has been inspired by the stunning Palazzo Colonna in Rome, one of the oldest and largest private palaces in the city and one consistently compared in style and artistic brilliance to that of Versailles. This particular pattern takes inspiration from the Hall of the Fountain and the designs and frescoes that adorn the wall and ceilings and we think it works exceptionally well as a scarf when printed onto our fine mulberry silk.
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The Palazzo Colonna is a palatial block of buildings located in central Rome in Italy. Found at the base of the Quirinal Hill, and adjacent to the church of Santi Apostoli, it is built in part over the ruins of an old Roman serapeum, and it has belonged to the prominent Colonna family for over twenty generations who have continued to develop this stunning and unique series of buildings. The first part of the palace dates from the 13th century, and tradition goes that the building hosted Dante during his visit to Rome.
The main gallery was completed in 1703 and the exceptional Colonna art collection was acquired after 1650 by both the cardinal Girolamo I Colonna and his nephew, the Connestabile Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna. It includes works by Lorenzo Monaco, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Palma the Elder, Salviati, Bronzino, Tintoretto, Pietro da Cortona, Annibale Carracci, Guercino, Francesco Albani, Muziano and Guido Reni. Ceiling frescoes by Filippo Gherardi, Giovanni Coli, Sebastiano Ricci, and Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari celebrate the role of Marcantonio II Colonna in the battle of Lepanto (1571).
Macclesfield was once the centre of the English silk weaving industry and the world's biggest producer of finished silk. The area has been printing silk for over 300 years and at one point had over seventy mills operating in the town. The town is close to a water supply that passes through limestone, and when used in washing and dyeing it gives silk a uniquely attractive lustre.
Our silk scarves are printed at a mill that has been producing printed fabric on the same site for the past fifty years and the process uses water sourced from its own reservoir.
The art of hand rolling silk scarves is a unique craft and truly makes each piece individual and unique. We feel that the precision and care taken by our skilled artisans gives each scarf its own unique character, finish and feel. To create the finest rolled hems, the edge of the silk or cotton pocket square must be softy turned over with a handheld needle and then small stitches are inserted approximately one half to one centimetre apart around the edge, creating a supple yet prominent border.
It’s absolutely the best way to finish a scarf for a variety of reasons but the key ones are for both visual effect and structure. Rolling by hand is the only way to get a really nice clean plump finish on the edge and this gives a really nice depth to the edges. It’s a more expensive process than machine rolling but by using a machine you’re often left with a flat edge and you don’t get the same luxurious feel. On top of this, the rolled edges add a lot more structure to your scarf.