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©Stamperia artigiana Marchi

Gabriele & Lara Marchi

  • Textile printer
  • Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy
  • Master Artisan
Gabriele & Lara Marchi Textile printer
Italian, English
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9:00 - 13:00/16:30 - 19:00; Thursday 9:00 - 13:00
By appointment only
+39 0541626018

A centuries-old craft

  • • Lara and Gabriele learned the craft from their father
  • • Their active stone press dates back to 1633
  • • Also their secret colour recipe dates back to 1633

Founded in 1633 in Santarcangelo di Romagna, not far from Fellini’s Rimini, Stamperia Artigiana Marchi is specialised in hand-block printing of fabrics with the traditional rust colour. Gabriele and Lara Marchi, Alfonso’s children, were brought up in the Stamperia, run by the Marchi family for centuries. They use a huge “mangano”, a stone press, dating back to 1633: a unique piece in the world. It is crucial to prepare the cotton, linen and hemp textiles. The fabrics are hand printed by Gabriele, who can choose from an archive of about 2,000 hand-carved wood printing plates, using ancient methods. He also carves new blocks and makes the colours following a secret recipe. Lara paints by hand on antique hand-woven fabrics (linen or hemp), creating one-of-a-kind items.

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  • ©Lara Botteghi
  • ©Lara Botteghi
  • ©Lara Botteghi
  • ©Lara Botteghi
  • ©Lara Botteghi
Photo: ©Lara Botteghi
Hand-painted cushion

This unique large cushion is made of antique loom-woven hemp and hand-painted by Lara Marchi, using brushes, with colourful stripes.

Length 60 cm
Width 6 cm
Height 55 cm

Photo: ©Lara Botteghi
Rust printed lampshade

The lampshade is made using the ancient technique of hand-block printing of fabrics with the traditional rust colour. The pure linen piece was hand printed by Gabriele Marchi, who also made the rust colour following a secret recipe.

Diameter 45 cm

Photo: ©Lara Botteghi
Hand-block printed tablecloth

This rectangular tablecloth is completely hand printed with a geometric design by Gabriele Marchi. He makes all the colours from family recipes, choosing from an archive of about 2,000 hand-carved wood printing blocks

Height 150 cm
Width 200 cm

Photo: ©Lara Botteghi
Birds and grapes apron

The traditional apron with bib and two pockets, is decorated with birds pecking grapes. It was hand-block printed by Gabriele Marchi, who makes all the colours using family recipes and chooses from an archive of about 2,000 hand-carved wood printing blocks.

Height 90 cm
Width 75 cm

Photo: ©Lara Botteghi
Colourful apron

This striped apron, made of antique loom-woven hemp, has a bib and a large central pocket. It was hand-painted, using brushes, by Lara Marchi in orange, ochre and purple.

Height 100 cm
Width 70 cm

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