Founded in Venice in 1870 by Michaelangelo Jesurum, this leading company has historically produced luxurious linen for the home, yachts and private jets. Michelangelo Jesurum learnt the secrets of Venetian lace making after attending design courses at the Venetian Academy. After opening his first workshop in a small square behind Piazza San Marco, Michaelangelo Jesurum enjoyed instant success. Several more workshops were later opened and provided work for almost 3,000 lace workers. Responsible for the creation of polychrome lace, made with threads of various colours, Michaelangelo quickly gained international recognition, especially amongst ladies of the European aristocracy. Jesurum continue to be the official supplier for the Italian royal family.
Cherishing the refined spirit of Venetian culture, Jesurum strives to respectfully evolve the traditions of Venice into elegant, contemporary forms. Without compromise on style and practicality, Jesurum lace is still woven on traditional looms and embroidered by expert hands using natural, high quality fibres. Each product exhibits the superior handcrafted execution and bears witness to 140 years of experience and extensive knowledge of fabrics and yarns. Jesurum continues to create refined household linen without forms of mass production, to retain the original traditions for the most prestigious customers.
Jesurum’s History of Lace
In the 16th century Venetian lace was famous all over Europe thanks to the great economic power of Venetian merchants and the extremely high quality and original nature of its products. According to one legend, a sailor returning from a long voyage brought home a strange piece of seaweed called “mermaids’ lace” as a gift for his sweetheart. The sailor did not stay long and the young girl consoled herself by copying the beautiful pattern made by the seaweed in her lace work.
Lace soon gained popularity and Venice became the most important area of lace production in the world. Official documents show that royal families, the aristocracy and the clergy in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries were willing to pay considerable sums of money to obtain lace with which to embellish fans, sheets, curtains, clothes and even shoes.
It was not until the liberation of Venice in 1867 that many dying trades were revived and by pure chance, Paolo Fambri and Michelangelo Jesurum, at the same time and unbeknown to each other, revived the art of lace making that had appeared lost for ever.
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