Prelle et Cie
Located on the slopes of the Croix-Rousse neighbourhood of Lyon, the historical centre of Lyon silk manufacturers, the company still has its original workshop, which was built in 1880. Still using handlooms, Prelle et Cie weaves reproductions of silk fabrics for palaces and castles such as Versailles or the Louvre.
In recent decades, the heirs of the “canuts” (silk manufacturing houses) have thus rewoven the silver and gold brocade of Louis 14th’s room at Versailles castle, the multi-coloured cut velvet of Amalienborg Castle in Copenhagen, a sumptuous “diplomatic gift” offered by Louis XV to the Count of Moltke, a high dignitary of the court of Denmark, in 1752, and the peacock feather silk wall hangings in Marie-Antoinette's bedroom at Versailles castle.
These exceptional achievements would not have been possible without the fabulous archives owned by Maison Prelle. Patiently collected over more than two centuries, these archives (original samples, sketches, manufacturing recipes) are unrivalled documentation that curators of museum and castles from all over the world come to consult when they need to restore a historical monument. It includes unique items that do not exist anywhere else.