This information and point of view was told to us by our Italian suppliers:
The starting point to understand why Italy makes the finest fabrics in the world has to be our long heritage of producing cloth. This heritage goes back to the middle ages; even further if you look at the archeological evidence from Pompeii.
Thanks to this antique textile tradition we have been constantly improving and refining the weaving of textiles to reflect the very best in quality and design.
To produce the finest cloth requires the best possible process at each stage of the production. It all starts with the raw material: cotton, and the spinning of the yarn. We purchase yarns from the best possible suppliers all over the world, including cotton yarns from Egypt. All the cotton yarns we purchase are made from the finest extra long-staple cotton, the best in the marketplace.
Contrast this with the production from the Far East, where the cotton is a short staple, very inexpensive raw material. No matter what you do to the yarns in weaving and finishing you cannot overcome the inferiority of the cotton. It will always be evident in the strength of the cloth and the feel of the fabric.
Once we receive the yarns they are tested internally for quality, particularly tensile strength. An extra long-staple cotton, properly woven, will yield a very strong yarn.
The yarns are then woven by the most modern Sulzer looms into greige cloth. During the weaving process, the greige cloth is checked and re-checked for quality and any imperfections are removed. If you carefully look at finished cloth coming from Italy, it will be extremely unlikely you will ever find a slub or flaw.
Now comes the magic: finishing. We are not going to go into all the processes we use in finishing the cloth because that would compromise our trade secrets. Suffice it to say the cloth is thoroughly washed (there are no impurities or chemicals remaining in the cloth once it is washed), bleached or dyed using the most modern process (Oeko-tex certified) and mercerized. The end product is a textile that has no equal in terms of brilliance and silkiness. As a final step, the finished cloth is again checked for quality to ensure our products are superior.
The final step in the production of Italian bed linens is sewing, or confection as we call it. Unlike the Far East, all our sewing is done “tailored style,” cut by hand and sewn expertly. The result is a very high-end final product. “Tailored style” production allows the sewing company great flexibility in production, including the ability to produce special sizes. Compromise any step and you compromise the quality.
By ensuring that each of these steps is the best it can possibly be, we are able to confidently say that the finest fabrics and finest bed linens come from Italy.