Stamperia Bertozzi

Since 1920, the Bertozzi family have been creating wonderful hand-printed and hand-painted fabrics in their workshop in the Emilia-Romagna region. Using traditional techniques that date back many centuries, these master craftsmen hand-carve blocks of pear wood to produce the stamps that are used to print their own exclusive designs onto the finest hand-woven linen.

Stamperia Bertozzi’s offering is the most eclectic of all our artisan partners, as they produce items for almost every part of the home, as well as a selection of aprons and scarves. From cushion covers in a plethora of designs to throws made form waffled linen, this collection has something for every living space. For the bedroom, not only do they have a range of exquisite bed linen and quilts, but they can provide a bespoke service to ensure your bedding sets are made-to-measure and truly unique in design.

Their workmanship also extends to bathroom pieces; available in hand towel or bath towel sizes, Stamperia Bertozzi have utilised linen’s unrivalled absorbency to create towels sure to add luxury to a bathroom. This absorbency is a quality which also gives their variety of elegant tea towels their functionality.

Of course, where Stamperia Bertozzi’s work truly comes into its own is its table linen range, including tablecloths, table runners, placemats and napkins all guaranteed to elevate the dining experience through their artistry. Whether with singular pieces or a matching set, a hand-printed Bertozzi design on a napkin, tablecloth or placemat is bound to transform a table.

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For over a century, the Bertozzi family has dedicated their workshop to traditional hand-printing. As proud artisans, they employ the ancient technique of hand-carving stamps from blocks of pear wood which they use to print onto a variety of materials. Their expertise extended to hand-painting, a skill they have developed over the years using a range of tools and techniques.

Today, there are 20 people working at Stamperia Bertozzi. Five are members of the family, including Gigi, the grandson of Luigi (the founding artisan), Gigi’s wife Angela, and his two sisters. As a third-generation stampatore (printer), Gigi prints as well as supervising the work of the craftspeople. Everything is produced with the meticulous care that only ancient handcrafted tradition can deliver, and although they employ traditional techniques, they also embrace contemporary styling in their designs, creating a wonderful marriage of the two.

As a solar-powered company, Stamperia Bertozzi have a strong focus on environmentally friendly production process. For example, they use natural colours and a unique, self-developed steaming process for fixing colours onto fabrics. The luscious colours that the artisans hand-mix come from closely guarded family recipes that are passed down from generation to generation, with many of the colours derived from plants. The most significant of these is indigo, which was used in ancient times in Italy by extracting the colour from a plant called Isatis tinctoria. Other colours sourced from plants include their huge range of reds, yellows and purples. A traditional rust colour is one of their trademarks; it is based on powdered rust, vinegar and flour, though no one else knows quite how it is done. Newer colours are achieved through research and development using environmentally sustainable processes.

The rich colours in Bertozzi’s creations are applied to their pieces using their very own unique method, perfected over decades, resulting in linens of unrivalled quality and style. For their designs, they take inspiration from the family's vast historical archive, as well as the natural beauty around them; the sea, the flowers and the nature of the landscape in Emilia-Romagna.