"The Rosa Bernal Collection was born to provide designers and retailers with a product line which encapsulates the essence of 16th, 17th and 18th Century European refinement. In order to recapture that excellence, we had to take two steps back to recover the essence of craftsmanship, undoubtedly lost, in the name of industrial and volume production over the past four centuries. It has been an enormous challenge in every aspect, but equally fulfilling.
"The Rosa Bernal fabric Collection celebrates the return of lost designs. Scattered all over Europe, some of the designs were found in the curtains of a 17th century French palace, in a forgotten painting in an 18th century Italian country house, in the antique markets and auction houses around the world. The collection the manufacturing process was initiated. Today we are very proud to present our clients with a range of fabrics obtained from the essence of the 16th, 17th and 18th century fabric designs.
Scattered all over Europe, some of the designs were found in the curtains of a 17th century French palace, in a forgotten painting in an 18th century Italian country house, in the antique markets and auction houses around the world. The collection has grown over the years and, two years ago, something extraordinary happened, Spain’s National Museum of the Decorative Arts, home to one of Europe’s most important collections, gave us exclusivity rights to their profound collections. Today we are very proud to present our clients with a range of fabrics obtained from the essence of the 16th, 17th and 18th century fabric designs
Weaved especially for us under the most strict quality specifications by who, we consider, the best linen manufacturer in the world, the 100% linen we use in all our prints, is another extensions of the search for "the very best" present in all the ranges of the collection. For certain people, good, is just not merely enough.
Every colour is concieved and formulated to reach those "faded" tones, that have made us unique. A large number of our clients request colourways specially for them. Mixtures that are "tailor made" in the real sense of the concept. Your own exclusive fabric, your own colour combination. Again, good, is just not enough. The Rosa Bernal Collection fabric printing it done 100% by hand. Every colour screen, every pigment mixture and every matching process is applied that way. There is no doubt we could manufacture our prints using more cost effective and fast methods, we could even reach similar effects by doing so, most companies do it with and adequate result. Then, why no do it then? Simple, we are something else. Our standards wall through a different edge.
Royal collections of Textiles, furniture, porcelain, ceramics, leather works, tapestry, glass, silver, are just a few examples of the type of treasures they keep as guardians of history itself. Two years ago, as recognition of our excellence in antique craftsmanship and attention to detail, The MNAD signed an agreement with The Rosa Bernal Collection granting us the exclusive right to reproduce their collections of Textiles, Furniture, Porcelain and ceramics. Thanks to that agreement the first volume of The Rosa Bernal Collection Royal Collection was born..
The first intensive work we have developed inspired in the originals of the National Museum of the Decorative Arts of Spain. A journey around the XV, XVI, XVII and XVIII century’s that will take you to the courts of the Medici, the Borgias or the kingdom of Castilla among others. This first volume will give you close glimpse at the ancient designs that decorated their palaces. To enter in the private archives of a national museum is a privilege reserved to a few. Being able to admire pieces that have never seen the light of a public exhibition and at the same time being able to study and work with them is a rare opportunity that we wanted to share with our clients by showing them some parts of the process that we go over when working in a new collection in Spain’s National Museum of the Decorative Arts.
The Médicis's design is based on the exquisite brocade design commissioned by the Duchess Leonor de Toledo, married to the Great Duke Cosme I of Médici. When the Médicis's crypt in the San Lorenzo church was opened, a dress was found with this design. It is the same dress you can see her wearing in the painting by Bronzino called “Leonor de Toledo with her son Giovanni”. Fabric Composition 100% Linen. Pattern Repeat 100cms – Width 140cms. Colours: Original Colour
The Enrique IV design is witohout a doubt one of the most important and historic pirces in the museum collection. Designed and manufactured by order of the King Enrique IV of Spain, this amaziing design was created for the King's hunting cape. Weaved over Italian velvet with "C" and "S" sprout motifs on Turkish influence, the design included silver threads to weave the floral motifs. King Enrique IV died in 1475 during a hunting accident wearing his famous silver cape. Fabric Composition 100% linen Pattern Repeat 35cms Width 140cm Colours: Original Colour
This incredible design is based in the 1499 work by colonna “Poliphilo’s Dream”. Creating a major impact in architecture all over Europe, it would later be a significant element in textiles. The presence of growing natural elements mixed with mythological animal representations are not random, they correspond to neo-platonic concepts, emblem’s and hieroglyphics. It would be one of the most resourceful tendencies from that century on. The original document was manufactured in leather with a “Cordovan” technique in 1550. Fabric Composition 100% Linen. Pattern Repeat 65cms – Width 140cms. Colours: Original Colour
A very special and original design manufactured in Utrecht during the end of the XVI century and the beginning of the XVII century. The original document was made with a very complex mixture of velvet and silk, using as the main motif the ottoman style royal turkey. Fabric Composition 100% Linen. Pattern Repeat 54cms – Width 140cms. Colours: Blue, Green, Brown
Originally manufactured as Damask, the Genova design is filled with curiosities. The use of nature motifs or the use of the pearled headed bands makes this piece especially unique. The most interesting element is the pineapple motif, and until this period of time the representations of this fruit was only done by written descriptions and when transformed into drawings, there were never very realistic. Fabric Composition 100% Linen. Pattern Repeat 50,7cms – Width 140cms. Colours: Original Colour
This amazing “story teller” mid XVII century French design is, simply, unique. It is very rare to encounter a piece like this one; “only in a museum” type of material. The simplicity of the strokes, almost reaching to a not yet discoverd naïf style, the sweetened bucolic view of the life style among the wealthy noble houses in the XVII century French country side. The original piece was printed in wool, with severe damages that took us to the road of re- designing the complete design. Fabric Composition 100% Linen. Pattern Repeat 65cms – Width 140cms. Colours: Red, Blue
Designed in Europe at the glimpse of a new century, Ajedrez is another of those pieces that show the evolution of motifs and elements from another type of artistic expressions to its transformation into decorative interior design elements. It is a perfect example of how the “chess” motifs that was normally used in sculpture designs has been applied as motif in the fabric design becoming a part of it. Fabric Composition 100% Linen. Pattern Repeat 72,9cms – Width 140cms. Colours: Red, Blue, Green
The XVII century Italian origin of this design is clear at first sight. The crown headed lions immediately take us to the excellence and opulence of the palaces of the century and opulence of the Florentine palaces in the XVII century. It is one of the finest examples of the motif mixture encapsulated in the multi- cultural tradition of Venice. Though this design has only been done in blue to match the original, our intention is to develop more colour lines, upon clients request. Fabric Composition 100% Linen. Pattern Repeat 30,2cms – Width 140cms. Colours: Original Colour
The Borgia design is based in the work that the Italian painter Pinturicchio did for the Pope Alejandro VI at the Vatican City. Considered one of the best ornamental artists of his time, he was commissioned to do the “interior design” of the so called Borgia Rooms at the Vatican in 1492. Helped by the best craftsman and using only the finest materials, it took him 2 years to accomplish the project. The Borgia design was created to cover the wall behind the Throne of Cesar Borgia, as you can see in the painting “Trial of Santa Catalina”. Fabric Composition 100% Linen. Pattern Repeat 47cms – Width. 140cms Colours: Red, Blue, Brown
The Blasson design was done in Genova, Italy, during the end of the XVI century and the beginning of the XVII century. Originally a Damask, this design is a rare example of the mixture of decorative elements from Europe and the Turkish Empire, that were developed during this period in history. Fabric Composition 100% Linen. Pattern Repeat 20,2cms – Width 140cms. Colours: Blue, Light Green, Green
This original embroidery from the middle of the XVII century was manufactured in the areas of “Castilla” or “Salamanca” commissioned by a nobleman. The “Duque de Castilla” design is a fine example of the incorporation of “interior design” elements to fashion. In this specific piece, the design has been applied as embroidery to the long sleeve of a nobleman´s shirt. This is a unique example of the usage of new elements in fashion that were seen before in interior design motifs. Fabric Composition 100% Linen. Pattern Repeat 42,5cms – Width 140cms. Colours: Blue, Light Green, Light Brown, Brown
This XVI century design is one of the best examples of the elements used in the “gofrage” technique that was used in Spain during that period. Created with Renaissance motifs like the horn of plenty, in this rare case, the artist mixes them with flowers and stars. This historic design is one of the best examples of its period. Fabric Composition 100%. Linen Pattern Repeat 5cms – Width 140cms. Colours: Blue, Red, Green, Brown
Without a doubt, it is the perfect example for our search for perfection. A compleate “extravaganza” in all its phases. Every design is hand carved in wood blocks, hand painted with natural pigments using a restored XVIII century press, applying the same technics used 300 years ago.
It started to create unique documents in the lights of the XVIII century. Wall papers that dressed the most elegant and palaces in Europe were created with it. Today, and after a detail restoration, will keep doing so for our clients over the world. Used as we are to manufacture our ranges with extremely antique and exclusive methods, the wall paper collection it is by far the most exquisite line we have ever developed.
Imagine the craftsmanship needed to carve up to the last detail of one of our design in a wood block. Every scratch, every low mark, every thin layer has to be done to perfection. It is an extreme effort in all phases to suit only the most refine desires. With this range we truly have reach a different frontier in our search for the essence of forgotten technics.
The minerals, textures, effects or tailor made finishes we have been able to create for this range are just too many to describe them in this brief presentation. Their combined possibilities added to the different phases involved in the creation of each piece are to unique to try, and deserve a much more extended individual presentation in order to be really faithful to the maximum expression of exclusivity present in every aspect of the wall paper collection.
Being able to provide our clients with the quality we stand for, requires a certain delay for the creation of each item. Every piece is different, and we would therefore ask our clients to allow six to eight weeks from orders. Only with the strictest insistence on quality are we able to offer our clients the models included in the collection, of which, the original pieces, are on display at our Madrid Showroom.
We take great pride in the hand-made work of our craftsmen in every piece shown here. Having sourced the original materials and veneers, together with the original colours, we have brought about the same excellence as that created by their original makers, centuries ago. Recovered from palaces or acquired in auction houses around Europe, the pieces included in this catalogue represent the search for the essence of a way of life the search for the essence of “savoir faire”.
Every piece is different. The materials used, the colour, or the finish applied has its own technique. That is why The Rosa Bernal Collection Furniture Line is so exquisite. We use only the very best to create each and every item included in this catalogue. We understand special requirements, which is why we make special furniture. Because everything is made to order, we are able to provide solutions to almost every requirement.
Awarded with the E.U. ecological certificate, provides our clients the perfect tool to create the unique atmospheres their taste and projects need or desire, without having to renounce to the textures and colorways expressed centuries ago. As in order ranges of our collection, we develop tailor made and exclusive formulations based in our clients specifications. It is nothing less than “Haute couture” on your walls.
With over 42 colors based in the pigments formulations of the fabric and wall paper collections, this hand mixed water based, ecological paint that allows our clients to assure the desired quality needs with the best results. The creation of specific and tailor made colors for our clients are one of the services that have made our wall paint range one of our most demanded products.