“Museums have always been a great source of creative inspiration to me. I wish others would feel the same way I do.” (Antonio Ratti)
Thanks to a major grant from the Fondazione Antonio Ratti, in 1995 the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York inaugurated the Antonio Ratti Textile Center, one of the largest and most technically advanced facilities in the world for the study and storage of fabrics, which covers an area of 2,300 m².
Previously dispersed among the various curatorial departments, the MET’s encyclopedic collection of textiles is now gathered, classified and repaired here. The Antonio Ratti Textile Center includes over 33,000 examples from all of the world’s civilizations —archaeological fragments, tapestries, carpets, quilts, ecclesiastical vestments, silks, embroideries, laces, velvets, and more —dating from 3000 B.C. to the present.