The building of the old Gremi de Velluters, which is currently the College of High Silk Art, opens its doors for you to enjoy a journey through more than five centuries of art and tradition to the silk thread. Let yourself be captivated by the bright colours of its Baroque ceramic floors and the splendid espolines, the typical Valencian silk fabrics.
To speak of silk in Valencia is to speak of a golden era for the Valencian art and society, which led to the transformation of the landscape and the way of life in the city for centuries.
Already in the 15th century, the Gremi de Velluters, the silk velvet weavers’ guild in Valencia, established themselves in the building now housing the Silk Museum, which we are privileged to enjoy today thanks to the excellent restoration carried out under the patronage of the Hortensia Herrero Foundation.
The Silk Museum offers a journey from East to West through the production of silk fabrics in which we will find out how it came to Valencia and how, at the end of the 15th century, a group of artisans, some of them Genoese, created the Gremi de Velluters to ensure quality in the manufacturing of this precious material.
Silk industry in Valencia encompassed from the sericulture to the production and commercialisation of fabrics in the Silk Exchange, and it became one of the most successful manufactures with the greatest quality and international recognition in the 18th century.
The College of High Silk Art (site of the Silk Museum) was the institution in charge of guaranteeing the superiority of the product manufactured using almost 5000 looms in the city of Valencia in the 18th century.
Today, the College opens its doors as the Silk Museum and invites us to discover its history on an extraordinary journey.