by Melinda Merijanian ~ Adding new fabrics to Designer Custom Source and to our residential site, Cushion Source is such a joy and adding PARA` Tempostest USA as a new fabric supplier to our assortment was truly a virtual vacation. Part of the journey took my imagination to the famous treasured artist, the epicurean fare, of course I thought of desserts, famous Italian gelato, to be precise, and the beautiful Italian countryside.
A true history lesson ensued as I researched and named the 100% solution-dyed acrylic fabrics in honor of the birth and final resting places of Michelangelo, Raffaello, and Donatello. Fabrics such as Michelangelo Caprese and Italy, Raffaello Rome, Urbino, and Florence are in the salt of the Earth neutral palettes shown below. Having a great appreciation for these Early and High Renaissance sculptors and painters, I found myself in reverence of the monumental accomplishments of their lifetime achievements and that their most notable pieces were completed in their 20s.
Donatello’s most famous work completed in his early 20s in 1409 is from the Bible story David and Goliath, the bronze Shepard boy sculpture, David. He was an Early Renaissance sculptor well-known for his works in bas-relief, similar to what exists on coins today and lived to the wonderful age of 80.
Raffaello’s most notable work, the School of Athens Fresco found in Vatican Palace, referencing knowledge and philosophy was completed in his late 20s in 1511. He was a High Renaissance sculptor and architect whose unexpected death at the young age of 37 surely left the world with decades of unaccomplished masterpieces.
Michelangelo was so prolific and lived to the wonderful age of 88. Having several notable works, the most famous and unmatched is the Pietà at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. This stunning marble sculpture depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the crucifixion. It is an overwhelming and emotional masterpiece. Michelangelo was 24, as this piece was completed in 1499.
Just northeast of Milan, Sovico, Italy is headquarters for PARA Tempotest since 1921. Ninety plus years of dedication, passion for details, and Italian design provide the end consumer with fabric excellence, durability, and longevity.
Italy is rich in flavors, too. My next desire, a creamy taste of Italy in the form of gelato, a fantastic frozen desert displayed as a sculpted artful treat with garnishes and toppings as decoration. With so many wonderful flavors to choose from, fabrics named in cherry, amarena, chocolate, lemon, licorice, pistachio, hazelnut, mango, tiramisu, pineapple, and, of course, cream, and vanilla are certain to become soft good essentials in cushions, pillows, and tablecloths for your next client’s needs. Refreshing, happy, and colorful flavors interpreted to hi-clean solution-dyed acrylic fabrics with a 6-year warranty, the longest in the industry, and a DuPont Teflon® finish for spills along life’s pleasures. General maintenance includes a light brushing to remove dirt and pollen, a simple soap and water solution, and a good rinse to ensure years of high performance.
Para` Tempotest’s color palette navigated me to the Italian seas, countryside, and flower markets for just-picked fresh flowers. Dahlia, lily, lilac, cosmo, gerber daisy, zinnia, hydrangea, lavender, and gardenia round out the fabric assortment for this floral color show. Selecting any one of these joyful fabrics for your home will add cheerful depth of color. Crisp, seafaring bespoke jewel tones pulled from the sea to personalize your home in aqua, coral, lapis, waves, navy, blu, cyan, and sharksin. Rest easy knowing these fabrics hold the “Confidence in Textiles” seal and meet the Oeko-Tex Association standard 100, posing no health risk.
It is well-known that Italy’s rich history, charismatic and beautiful people, sumptuous eatables, and colorful lands are easy to fall in love with, as is with Para Tempotest USA Italian performance Teflon® fabrics. We are thrilled to build this relationship with them by offering you beautiful, high-performance Teflon® fabrics for your home and business soft goods and cut yardage needs.
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