Yellow roses growing on the factory wall in our garden on Giudecca, set against Cimarosa in yellow & white.
When you first arrive in Venice, it does not present itself as an exceptionally green city. The palette is overwhelmed with blues, aquas, blushes, and persimmon reds– a splash of sunset colors, from vibrant to pastel, drench Venice’s narrow streets and canals.
But look a little closer and peeking over the courtyard walls, just out of sight, are some of the most spectacular walled gardens in Italy. True to the giardino all’italiana style, Venetian gardens exemplify the principle of imposing order over nature, making it bend to the gardener’s will in a seemingly impossible environment.
The Fortuny factory was once the site of an ancient convent shuttered since the time of Napoleon. The gardens that likely accompanied the convent were long-neglected and lay fallow until the 1950s. Under the direction of Countess Gozzi, the grounds were once again carved into romantic alleys, decorated with fountains and stone benches, and planted with fruit trees and flowers. Where the sisters once roamed, contemplating their faith, now could inspire the artist, ever-seeking to surpass nature’s power to produce beauty.
When we undertook a renovation of our gardens several years ago, we created a space that reflected the motifs present in our fabrics. Jasmine and Hibiscus resembled floral sprays in our pattern Veneziano, Japonica in Barberini, Cycas in Delfino, Vinca Minor in Persepolis, the many roses in Cimarosa, and scrolling ivy in Edera and Catalano. Our fabrics represent a garden, and our gardens represent our fabrics.
Color and form are born in the environment. As we spend more time in our homes, there is even more of a desire to bring the natural world closer. To capture the shades and textures and bring them indoors. To delight in the symmetry, the beauty, and the fantasy. At Fortuny, we bring the peace and tranquility of the garden into your home.