Busatti, tradition and passion, for a product of excellence all Tuscan.
Busatti has a long history, beginning in the distant 1842, in the cellars of Palazzo Morgalanti in Anghiari, Tuscany. The first machines date back to the early nineteenth century, when following the invasion French the Napoleonic troops decided to install in Anghiari a production of uniforms destined for the Grande Armée. To dye them of blue they resumed to cultivate the plant of the ford, known already in the time of Piero della Francesca, which used it for its frescoes. The steam-powered machines were electrified in the 30s of the twentieth century by Livio Busatti and the company assumed roughly the current forms.
Today, Busatti is synonymous with quality and tradition, but also innovation, thanks to the constant search for new designs, colours and shapes. Responds with excellent results to the needs of the furniture market and household linen. The company works on important supplies but specializes in tailor-made products. The production of tablecloths, curtains, towels of every shape and order of magnitude, can be embellished by exclusive embroidery or even personalized with a fabric of the unique design, chosen directly by the customer.
The weave of Busatti fabrics stems from the passion for their work expressed proudly in the ancient laboratories of Anghiari. A family tradition now more than secular, a very long journey that starts from the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, until the unification of Italy passing through the two world wars. The long journey in Italian history makes Busatti a real historical enterprise, so as to become a member of the Union of Historic Italian Companies (UISI), an association born in Florence that welcomes only the Italian Excellencies of great tradition.
What does it mean for you made in Italy?
The concept made in Italy is losing much of its value for a use/abuse that has unfortunately been done. Busatti produces and finishes all the fabrics in Italy, therefore, with pride of the Made in Italy. The same recognition is actually given to any other textile company that buys fabric in Asia (for example) or that even imports a semi-finished product and in Italy only implement a small percentage of the processing. In the second hypothesis the product will be of a lower quality but with an attractive price, which in our opinion damages those who like us all work in Italy. This mechanism is not easy to explain to the end customer often oriented to a downward price.
What is the value of Italian artistic craftsmanship? Is the secret of your success in the markets?
The positive feedback we encounter is due both to the classic lines always present in our collections and also to new fabrics that with innovative design and interesting colors attract attention and Meet the needs of an international clientele. Most of our production is now aimed at foreign markets where our work and philosophy are very appreciated. We have not forgotten the love that our grandparents and great-grandparents have put in our plots that are for us the result of generations of weavers and a lot of road traveled that should not be abandoned.
What inspired your work and your style?
We are fortunate to reside in Tuscany, a land kissed by culture and beauty. Our main inspiration is therefore our secular olive trees, the cypress trees that stand out towards the sky, the immortal works of Piero della Francesca or Michelangelo, the alleys of our villages and the squares rich in life and centuries of history. But we are also curious and for this reason we like to travel to the most hidden places on the planet, at least once a year to broaden the views and savor different smells and flavors.
What is your business philosophy?
The seriousness towards the customer: we produce and sell what we believe for generations thanks to our work and all those who collaborate with us. We do not have a secret except that of everyday life that is carried on in time becomes tradition. Our fabrics are unique because they are plotted with passion and finished by expert hands that make each piece unique and special.
What is luxury and how does it express itself in your work?
Luxury as we understand it is what has value in itself and not only in showing it to others. To enrich your dwelling, whether it be a modern loft or the house in the country, with a tent, a tablecloth or a personalized piece means to make unique the environment around us. Luxury is in the time we devote to ourselves when we are with our loved ones in domestic intimacy.
Your MISSION in a word, or your slogan.
“Weavers in Tuscany since 1842” is the motto that we report everywhere.
What is your brand in Italy and the world today?
We hope to represent the quality of the real Made in Italy in the field of furniture. We still weave everything in Italy in two factories a few kilometers from each other and also the finishes are all on site, in Sansepolcro (Ar). We believe in our product as well as in the territory and for this we consider them one inseparable from the other. Rooted in our tradition, we are always ready to savor the new winds that the market suggests, open to new opportunities.