Silks, velvets, carpets and kilims – study tour to Italy

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Stefano Ionescu is organizer of an interesting study tour to Italy 15-29 September 2013. This two weeks tour will take the participants to Como, Milan, Turin, Sartirana, Pavia, Palermo, Monreale, Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi, Capri and Rome.

“After much work, I am happy to present this tour of Italy, based on personal experiences and focused on textiles and mosaics” said Stefano Ionescu to Jozan Magazine.

The tour starts in Como where the participants will visit Italy’s most famous silk makers, Ratti and Mantero. After that the tour goes to Milan, Turin and Pavia, visiting main attractions and meeting top dealers and collectors.

On 19 September 2013 the participants will attend the opening of Sartirana Textile Show organised by Alberto Boralevi. This show is one of the major annual antique rug events in Europe.

Archive photo Sartirana 2012: A 17th/18th century Caucasian Harshang pattern carpet fragment exhibited by Alberto Boralevi

“From Milan we will fly to Sicily and discover the wonderful Arab-Norman architecture in Palermo and Monreale” said Stefano Ionescu and continued “then we will fly to Naples and our program includes some of the most enchanting places in the Mediterranean: Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello and Capri, which offer unmatched combination of natural beauty, pleasant climate, several layers of culture and unique gastronomy.¬†At the end all the roads drive to Rome and finally we will reach Florence where Alberto Boralevi will introduce us to the Bardini Museum. Alternatively one can travel to Byzantine Ravenna where the mosaic artist Suzanne Spahi will present Ravenna’s finest examples of early Christian glittering wall mosaics.”

Archive photo “Trip to Italy 2011”. The charming Ristorante al 34 in central Rome

More information: Stefano Ionescu

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