The links on this page have been chosen for their relationship or usefulness in velvet research. Google-translate ( can produce relatively good, quick, online translations for non-English paragraphs copy-pasted from these sites.

Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua has deep roots in the history of Italian velvet weaving, which it maintains today. Their site is rich with information about their workshops, their veludere (female velvet weavers) and their products. and

Tassinari et Chatel is an old Lyonnaise silk weaving company, which still employs hand weavers for high-end contract velvets and historical refurbishment.

An exhibition entitled A World of Looms: Weaving Technology and Textile Arts in China and Beyond from the China National Silk Museum.

Velvet Weaving in India is showcased on this site.

Peggy Osterkamp’s Weaving Blog had several instalments on velvet weaving in 2013, including an Italian tour. The first link will get you to the other parts by clicking on “next”.

The Cleveland Museum of Art, in Cleveland, Ohio, has some extremely fine velvets pieces in its textile collection.

The Textile Research Centre, Leiden, Netherlands. This links to a sub-group called “technical” velvets, including many samples or fragments of fabric.

Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Textile Museum, Washington, DC.

Musée des Tissus, Lyon, France.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Antonio Ratti Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.!/search?q=velvet%20textile&orderByCountDesc=true&page=1

Antonio Ratti Foundation Museo del Tessuto, Como, Italy. This online catalogue includes over 1400 atrefact related to velvet. However, the search criteria are all in Italian. It works faster to filter by particular date ranges or regions (under ‘Manifattura’) separately. To chose velvet, under ‘Tecnica’ choose ‘intreccio operato’, then in the newly appearing sub-menu, choose ‘velluto’. Leave other categories alone, unless needed. ‘Ricerca’ is the search button.

Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia, online collection, Venice, Italy. This online catalogue presents over 800 artefacts related to velvet, held in various public museums in Venice. [Italian text only]

Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio, Florence, Italy. The mission of the Lisio Foundation is to preserve and extend the legacy of hand-woven textile heritage, especially of silk-weaving in Italy. The site describes the courses, collection archives, and products offered. For info on velvet, and

Abegg-Stiftung Museum, Riggisberg, Switzerland. [German text]. Published catalogue of their important collection of velvets (Italian, Spanish & Ottoman) dating prior to 1500, Samte vor 1500 (2019). Later velvets are catalogued in other volumes of their textile holdings.

Posted July 11, 2019 by Veloutiere

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