Since the late 19th century, SFERRA has evolved from a small Italian embroidery company to an international leader in fine textiles. From the tables at White House state dinners to the sleeping quarters in the Vatican's private plane, SFERRA products are enjoyed by some of the most powerful and prestigious people in the world.
But, you don't need to be an heir or lead a nation to experience the exquisite beauty of SFERRA bedding, table and bath linens. To find a wide range of these fine European linens and cottons, all you need to do is browse the enormous SFERRA catalog available in The Linen Gallery's online store.
The History of SFERRA: From Venetian cuffs to the Vatican jet
Gennaro Sferra founded his company in 1891, working primarily with intricate Venetian lace cuffs and collars in Italy. With the 20th century on the horizon, Sferra began to market his products and services overseas along the East Coast of the United States - an audacious move at the time considering that America wasn't simply an eight hour flight over the Atlantic.
The popularity of his embroideries was astonishing, and by 1905, he opened a factory in San Severo, Italy, returning to his native land two times each year to reimagine his products and designs.
It only took seven more years before SFERRA became so widely demanded in the United States that the company was completely relocated to America.
By the middle of the 20th century, Enrico and Albert Sferra, Gennaro's sons, expanded the family business even further, offering French Aleçon laces, Belgian- and Swiss-inspired embroideries and Irish double damask designs.
In 1977, the Sferra family sold their company to Paul Hooker and George Matouk, who worked together to advance the technical side of luxury textile production. Hooker took sole ownership of SFERRA in 2006, and since then, the fine linen provider has seen its sales and popularity intensify markedly.
Over the years, SFERRA has been an innovative leader in the textile industry - introducing MILOS, the first 1000 thread count sheeting, as well as bringing Giza 45 , the finest Egyptian cotton sheets, to the world and introducing 101 colors of Festival table linen with an iPad app for color selection.
Anyone who has adorned their dining room table with a SFERRA table cloth or snuggled up under or between SFERRA Elyse 100% Egyptian cotton sateen sheets can tell you how amazing these materials truly are. Because of the company's growing reputation, SFERRA has collaborated with other prestigious designers recently with great success, including Tommy Bahama, Kelly Wearstler and Peter Som.
SFERRA's fine textiles have also won a number of awards, including the 2005 ASPIRE Product and Design Award from the Home Fashion Products Association, two Textile Industry Awards a year later, Best New Product in Bedding for their Utopia Down Collection at the New York International Gift Fair in 2011, and the Best New Product in Dining award for Spectrum Table Linens in 2012.
Today, SFERRA products can be found in more than 600 prestigious stores and are provided in more than 60 hotels all over the world. If you want to feel what all the hype is about, order your SFERRA bed, bath and dining products and accessories today directly from The Linen Gallery.