The story and the family behind our papers





Giuseppe Fedrigoni was a young Italian paper merchant in 1717. It was this year that young Giuseppe would make a decision that would set the foundation for his family trade for centuries to come.

In a small town in the mountains of Northern Italy, he opened the doors to a modest paper mill. Here, Giuseppe and his workers laboriously created handmade paper by pressing textile tatters with wooden forms. While his business met moderate success, it was his passion that endured.

Customers and suppliers registry from 1888.

In 1888, Giuseppe’s descendant, Giuseppe Antonio Fedrigoni, brought together his ancestors' love for tradition with his eye for innovation, to open the first Fedrigoni Cartiere factory in Verona, Italy. From there, the family business grew from son to son, first with Giuseppe Antonio’s son Antonio and in turn to his sons Gianfranco, Renzo, and Arrigo.
Since 1888, the passion and Fedrigoni family name has flourished under five generations of children, two World Wars, four fires, and one air bombing 1945 (after which the Verona factory was completely rebuilt). As the business grew with innovation, the commitment to their roots of tradition remained cemented. Even today, the company still has a team dedicated to the production of handmade paper in the Fabriano premises.

The first Fedrigoni factory opened in Verona, Italy 1888.

The family’s affection for craftsmanship and their foundation in Italian culture remains at the core of their papers. There are few other companies who can claim stronger ties with history of paper production. It is said that Fedrigoni owned Fabriano Paper (est 1264) was the favorite paper of Michaelangelo, da Vinci, and Raphael and that the company is responsible for the invention of many of the tools for paper production that are used worldwide today.

The Tintoretto paper itself was created as a modern ode to artistry and was named after the great Renaissance painter Jacopo Robusti, dubbed Tintoretto or little dyer because of his father’s profession as a dyer or tintore. His works "The Last Supper" of 1594, "Saint Mark Rescuing the Slave," and "Susanna and the Elders," are widely regarded as some of the best examples of Venetian painting.
Fedrigoni owned Fabriano Paper still dedicates a small team to producing handmade paper today. 
The Tintoretto, much like the family who created it, manages to be both steeped in tradition as well as the result of great innovation. It represents that passing on of artistry from generation to generation which resonates at the core of Fedrigoni. In this way, it is entirely appropriate that Tintoretto paper is still produced in the families original Verona factory.
While every book may have a story, it is this story that gives Fedrigoni papers a soul.