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Umberto Giovagnoli

Umberto Giovagnoli Basketweaver
Contact
Italian, English, Spanish
Hours:
Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 19:00
Phone:
+39 0652722851
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Weaving his magic

  • • Umberto learned the craft in his father’s workshop
  • • He runs Giuncart, the family's weaving workshop and shop
  • • He restores antique objects and creates new designs with vintage inspiration

Giuncart is a small wicker and basket weaving workshop and shop in the heart of Rome. Founded in 1960 by Mario Giovagnoli who learned this craft from his uncle, it is run today by his son Umberto and the second generation has not betrayed the original essence of this vintage style shopping heaven. Umberto repairs and restores baskets, hats, handbags, chairs, coffee tables or any other object made of wicker, rattan or cane, but he is also able to design and weave new creations to the delight of the many tourists passing by his workshop, not far from Campo de’ Fiori. For his outstanding skills, Umberto was named Master Craftsman in 2014 by the Mayor of Rome and his shop is included among the best Bottega Storica of the city.

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Works

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Roman Holiday bag

The inspiration for this handmade wicker basket shaped bag comes from a design made popular in the 1960s. The bag has been fitted with two leather handles.

Length 33 cm
Depth 15 cm
Height 45 cm

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Rome basket

This multi-functional handmade wicker basket was made with a contrasting hue of rattan inserts. The wicker basket, created using millennia-old techniques, fits many purposes inside or outside your home.

Diameter 30 cm
Diameter 40 cm
Height 40 cm

Photo: © Fabio Brocchi
Romantic lampshade

This lampshade has been hand woven from carefully selected strands of wicker. The lampshade was made using millennia-old wicker work techniques inherent to the Roman region of Italy.

Diameter 42 cm
Height 20 cm

Photo: © Fabio Brocchi
Valentina hatbox

This hat stand, perfect for placing on a table, was handmade using carefully selected strands of wicker applying millennia-old techniques to the Roman region of Italy.

Diameter 20 cm
Height 40 cm

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