Design by Fabrizio Bianchetti
The art of Lace – Merletto – originates from a love story. A romantic legend tells that a long time ago in Burano lived a young fisherman named Nicolò, engaged to Maria, a local girl he loved madly. A few days before the wedding, the young man was in the high seas with his boat and was tempted by the fascinating singing of the Mermaids; but since he was newly betrothed, Ulysses resisted the persuasive call and remained faithful to his beloved. The Queen of the Mermaids, impressed by the fisherman’s strong fidelity, swung her tail to strike the side of the young man’s boat, lifting a dazzling mass of foam that formed a magnificent wedding veil, a finely embroidered lace. On the wedding day, Nicolò gave the precious veil to his bride: this gift aroused so much admiration that the women of Burano, with needle and very delicate thread, learned to make a fabric that would be worthy of the wedding gift of the fairy tale. From this tradition, different variations of the art of lace were developed in numerous Regions of Italy (as can be seen in numerous provincial museums). Our Merletto collection honours this tradition by drawing inspiration from it for its own designs.
The art of Lace – Merletto – originates from a love story. From this tradition, different variations of the art of Lace were developed in numerous Regions of Italy (as can be seen in numerous provincial museums). Our Merletto collection honours this tradition by drawing inspiration from it for its own designs.
For the Merletto Collection, a series of NCS tones have been selected, but the entire collection is reproducible in all the NCS catalogue colours and is open to any further colour customization. Below, a series of possible combinations of the Cantù design with the colours of the Merletto Collection and the Infinite Collection.
MERLETTO – THE DESIGNS
All the colour variations obtainable with the 40 colours of the catalogue can be reproduced with all the designs of the Merletto Collection.
MERLETTO – LACE POP
Lace Pop is a contemporary and modern proposal that explores and expands the expressive possibilities of Merletto. The varying size of the print and the use of bright colours for the background provide a contemporary interpretation of the ancient tradition of Italian Lace.
The Merletto Collection is also available in relief. All the decorations can be reproduced in relief with different chromatic combinations: white decoration on a coloured background, matching two-tone decoration in relief, contrasting two-tone decoration in relief and finally tone-on-tone decoration in relief.
The Merletto Touch Antique Collection integrates the typical Lace decoration with vestiges of ancient decorations, providing the opportunity to reproduce in relief some parts of the design itself.