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For over a century, Fortuny has persisted as one of the most revered names in Italian textiles, furniture, and lighting. Founded in Venice in 1907 by fashion designer Mariano Fortuny, the company was immediately renowned for its high-end, intricately made fabrics and textiles, particularly silk. Due to the increased price and scarcity of silk during the 1920s, Fortuny began experimenting with more readily available materials such as cotton, developing sophisticated methods to handcraft, treat, and produce the fabrics that are still used today. By the 1930s, Fortuny’s fashions, fabrics, and décor items, especially their sconces and chandeliers, were a hit in the United States, and the company opened their first showroom at 509 Madison Avenue in New York City. Today, the Fortuny factory in Venice, as well as the shop in New York City, are every bit as sought after as they were a hundred years ago, and the company maintains its reputation as being the maker of some of the finest printed fabrics in the world.