Heritage restorations or private, since 1752, PRELLE manufacture, a family business for 5 generations, devotes his know-how to architects and decorators.
The strong point of the Prelle manufacture is to have managed to live together several generations of weaving loom, from the hand looms, which are the only ones on which certain flock velvets and silk or gold and silver brocades can be woven, right up to the most modern computerised looms without sacrificing the quality or the beauty of the fabrics.
A standard bearer of the French luxury trade PRELLE et Cie are proud to offer their services bases on the experience of over 200 years, to a clientele to whom the pursuit of excellence and the maintenance of the highest standards, remain a concern of primary importance.
Silk in all states: french second Empire
May 27, 2013 - Septembre 27, 2013 at our Paris showroom
The Second Empire is a period of splendor and prosperity in French decorative arts. New production techniques, combined with the know-how of traditionally skilled artisans, provided an abundance of high quality materials. As well, during the Second Empire, an eclectic array of motifs—some historical, some exotic—suddenly inundated every nook and cranny of French interiors.
A privileged class developed—the Rothschilds, la Marquise de Paiva, Jean-Francois Cail, and the Camondo family, among others—and this new class was born from the European bourgeoisie in the years following the French Revolution. Yet their decorative style continued to follow the references and traditional values from the days of the monarchy. They decorated their homes in the style of Louis XVI or Louis XIV, Henri IV or gothic France.
Despite the variety in the elements of these decors, they find a common ground in their outrageous dimensions and colors, as well as in the abundance of their production. The silk patterns from this period conserved in the Prelle archive, leave an impression of a period of extravagant decorative schemes that continue to surprise us today.
The exhibit in the Prelle Paris showroom is organized in affiliation with the exhibit Folie textile. Fashion and decoration during the Second Empire at the Palais de Compiègne to which the manufacture has loaned a selection of archives.