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These beautiful placemats are embellished with traditional block printing by the Antica Stamperia Carpegna. The Antica Stamperia Carpegna is a historic workshop tucked away in the small village of Carpegna in the Marche region, not far from the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. The workshop is run by the talented young artist Emanuele Francioni, who belongs to the sixth generation to carry on the tradition of block printing unique to this area. This hand-printing technique dates back many centuries. Antique, hand-carved blocks of pear wood line the walls of Emanuele’s workshop. To create traditional and contemporary designs, Emanuele dips a block in rust, places it on the fabric, and lightly taps it with a mallet to leave an imprint.
The recipe for the rust color was passed to Emanuele by his grandfather. It is made of wine vinegar, wheat flour and iron rust from old barrels. To fix the color on the fabric, Emanuele uses an antique boiling technique. Here at Antica Stamperia Carpegna time is measured in quality, not in quantity, as each creation is unique.
The traditional design of this placemat is a cornucopia, an ornamental container shaped like a goat’s horn, a symbol of abundance and good luck.
- Set includes 2 placemats and 2 napkins
- 40% linen
- 60% cotton
- Placemat size: approx. 21" X 14" (53 cm X 36 cm)
- Napkin size: approx. 17" X 17" (42 cm X 42 cm)
- Machine wash in warm water
- Made in ITALY with love for you
A portion of all proceeds will go to help the "Abbraccia un Bambino" (Hug a Child), a project of the non-profit Caritas organization to sustain children affected by poverty in the town of Pesaro, in Marche region of Italy.