Home Refined Romantic Silk Route

Annie is an expert hidden-gem detective, and on her trip last week to Lake Como, Italy, she came across the Museo Didattico della Seta (that’s the Educational Silk Museum to us Yanks). Situated on the banks of “The City of Silk,” the museum documents Como’s long history of providing Europe with 75 percent of this luxury fabric.

The 10,000-square-foot museum opened on the grounds of the Setificio Silk School and University in 1990, and features an overview and videos of silk processing, plus in-depth tours. It also houses plenty of exhibits of antique processing machines, objects, printing plates, documents, and samples. Meanwhile, the school trains the next generation of textile professionals. Eccellente, no?

To celebrate all things silk, we’re giving away a Como-inspired prize package worth more than $730! To win Pine Cone Hill’s Yuri silk pillow in ochre, Embroidered Hem sheets in white/gold, and Hardwood Canopy coverlet, all you have to do is leave a comment below about this post. The giveaway starts on Wednesday, May 16, and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, May 18. (View the full rules here.)

Congratulations to our winner, Chris from Connecticut! 


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Jaybird May 16, 2012 at 9:56 am

Red Neck Chic sent me over here to look at that beautiful yellow pillow…..
It would be the star feature of any room in my home!!
Thank you for posting,

Jennifer May 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

Those printing plates are beautiful in their own right.

Kelly May 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

I’d change my entire color scheme in my bedroom to encorporate that pillow! Those sheets would be such a luxury too…..

Pattie C May 16, 2012 at 10:24 am

The printing plates would be so much fun to play with, think of the fab fabric you could create.

Gretchen May 16, 2012 at 10:25 am

Che belle tutte le sete. Mi pianciano tante! I had no idea Lago Colo supplied so much beautiful silk.

Stesse May 16, 2012 at 10:30 am

Had no idea that 75% of Europe’s silk came from the Lake Como region! Beautiful giveaway…

Kathleen May 16, 2012 at 10:45 am

I wish that I could visit this wonderful production of wonderful fabrics. My most satisfying moment is when I can touch and feel the texture and silkiness of each and every fabric.

Anne May 16, 2012 at 10:56 am

That is a beautiful pillow and I love the fabric line.

Jenny May 16, 2012 at 10:56 am

The beautiful yellow pillow would match wonderfully in my bedroom.

Sarah G May 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

The silk is simply stunning!

Anne May 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

That sounds like a museum I would be interested in!

Pam Lapere May 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I was surpassed to learn most silk comes from this region…always thought it was the Orient. Live and learn. Pam pblapere@att.net

Susan Gosman May 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Thanks for posting about the museum – lovely and educational.

Chris Brennan May 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

It is always wonderful to be introduced to a travel adventure combining the beauty and history of silk textiles.

Jennifer May 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Hi – 20 years ago I travelled to Lake Como Italy and fell in love with its beauty. One of the most memorable events was visiting the shop of the Montero family – they produce the most beautiful silk scarves. The shop was on a small side street, without any signage, just a door with a number. My mother and I each came home with a botanical print scarf, that must have at least 20 different colors in it. Each of their designs is a work of art, it was so hard to chose just one. I actually wore the scarf last night, it brings back beautiful memories of a wonderful trip.
Thank you for posting about Lake Como!!

Greg May 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Love the silk pillow it reminds of the Forbidden City.

Debra Lee May 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I love the yellow pillow!

Marianne May 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I majored in weaving in college and loved my handmade loom. But, after my children were born, my life moved in a different direction. Still an inspired soul, anything beautiful captures me. I found the link on this page after following a link to one of your cool cotton totes (that I have to have!). Thanks to your site for posting this interesting article about silk. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to have these beautiful threads in their home?

Monica Flegg May 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Luxurious fabric, and fascinating history. Thank you for the post!

Monica Flegg May 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Luxurious fabric, and fascinating history. Thank you for the pretty and informative post!

Carmen May 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Lake Como again! I may have to put this on my bucket list! Beautiful pictures! I also especially love that Yuri silk pillow!

Tori Rowland May 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm

What an interesting experience to go to the silk museum! Would love to learn more about it… would also love to win those sumptuous linens noted above. Thanks for the chance to win something so lovely!

Linda May 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Those printing plates are works of art! (I assume that’s the 3rd pic, no?) Especially the paisley. Thanks for “taking” us to Italy. I haven’t yet been but this museum is on the must see list. I love the yellow pillow, I’d be more than happy to design a room around it!!

Linda May 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm

and I forgot to add: I’m happy to support a Massachusetts company!

Kristen foster May 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Love all fabrics & those plates are fabulous!

Sara Appel May 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I didn’t know that about Lake Como! How very interesting. Can’t wait to see the museum sometime…

rebecca May 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm

reminds me of a wool factory I’ve been to outside of Dublin, very cool!

Linda D May 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm

The colors and textures of the Italian lake region . . Heaven! I was there in March under heavy rainy skies but that too had its own special beauty. There is so much creative beauty in Italy, and the textiles are such rich colors!

Cheryl May 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm

The yellow pillow seems so WW II. Lovely.

L Weber May 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I also love China and its silk connections! These Italian versions are lovely!

robelyn May 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Doesn’t Annie need a southern assistant? I would even leave my duct tape at home so it doesn’t snag the silk. I would have spent DAYS in that museum!!! I adore silk…

did I say that I adore silk? The pillow is divine – I love the embroidered sheets! So simple – yet GORGEOUS!!!


Kelly May 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I just love all of Annie’s different bedding you guys have been highlighting in this blog. I just want something beautiful and calming to come home to everyday

Jennifer May 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I can imagine the fabric on that pillow as a beautiful wall paper- it’s all sooooo pretty : )

Jennifer May 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Came over here from Linda @ Surroundings … love the Italians! Such beautiful products. I think I need to plan a trip back there — this Silk Museum would be a new adventure!

Laura May 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm

So interesting! It’s great to know that maintaining the artistry and legacy of silk production continues. Bellisimo!

Elliott May 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Wonderful giveaway

marygrace monteleone May 17, 2012 at 4:02 am

Beautiful bedding pieces and the articles are interesting and informative, love the eyelet story.

Mary of Relaxed Elegance Interior Design May 17, 2012 at 8:04 am

Those plates are high art in and of themselves. Just think of all the beautiful textiles they have helped create over the years! And thanks, Pine Cone Hill, for offering a beautiful giveaway worthy of these amazing predecessors.

Ruth Thornhill May 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm

How lovely and extravagant! One would feel like a million dollars laying on bedding such as this with the Yuri silk pillow beneath your head! Sincerely, Ruth Thornhill

Kim May 18, 2012 at 11:14 am

Love, love, love the old printing blocks!Gorgeous.

Maura May 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Just beautiful! I am thrilled to have found this blog via Facebook, I admire all the lovely things you are posting!

susan May 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I love touring museums. Most vacations include a museum or two. The Silk Museum sounds like a great place to visit and learn. Thanks for the post.

Patricia Yeakley May 19, 2012 at 6:10 am

Silk has an amazing history. China was a first exporter of the “worm” to the British Aristocrats which made them very wealthy. The Silk Museum would surely be worthy of an extended visit. Looking at the print blocks would be like meditating into past time. You have brought back wonderful thoughts and feelings. Thank you so much.

Jackie May 19, 2012 at 6:53 am

What an amazing museum! Someone is going to be very lucky to win this gorgeous pillow…I will keep my fingers crossed that it’s me. 🙂 Thank you for the great giveaway, and the chance to own something so beautiful.


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