Genoese Lace

October 11, 2009

Columbus Day, the second Monday of October, celebrates Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World. Columbus, the son ofgenoese lace2 a weaver, was a native of Genoa, a city in northern Italy. Genoa is also famous for it’s lace. According to Elizabeth Kurella’s Guide to Lace and Linens in the 16th and 17th centuries a variety of laces were made in Genoa. She notes that “one style of braided bobbin lace made with deep scalloped points to accent the fashionable collars of the times has traditionally carried the name Genoese Lace. When collars were no longer popular neither was this type of lace. The technique did become the inspiration for other laces in the 19th century; specifically Cluny and Bedforshire. The EoVN also notes that the manufacture of lace in Genoa flourished in the 17th century stating that “both the pillow and needle laces produced there were then held in high estimation.”

Just as Christopher Columbus’ achievements are held in high regard, Genoese Lace is considered to be highly collectible.


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