since 1948

Heritage

Lanificio Fratelli Balli was born in 1948 from an intuition of three brothers from Prato: Ruggero, Otello, and Dionigi.
since 1948

Our History

Lanificio Fratelli Balli was born in 1948 from an intuition of three brothers from Prato: Ruggero, professional cyclist, Otello, expert and mechanic enthusiast, and Dionigi, a young enterprising with outstanding commercial skills.
The heterogeneous qualities of the three allowed them, after a short apprenticeship as weavers specialized in weaving, to set up their own business and create a small company from nothing. With the money earned by Ruggero in bicycle races they managed to buy some damaged frames during the bombings of World War II at a good price and, thanks to Otello's ability to fix anything with a mechanism, they put them back into operation and started a small weaving.

Lanificio F.lli Balli - decoro
Lanificio F.lli Balli - gli interni del fabbricone

Fabbricone's interior

Lanificio F.lli Balli - gli interni del fabbricone

The choice fell on one of the most historic and important Prato locations: the Fabbricone, a complex dating back to the end of the 19th century, had been the pride of the Prato textile industry during the first half of the 20th century, employing up to 2000 people. that under the control of IRI started towards an inexorable decline in the post-war period. Moving the Lanificio Fratelli Balli to the Fabbricone was a great opportunity not only for the three brothers, who could thus have developed their business on over 25,000 square meters of warehouses, but also for the plant itself that finally could have regained the importance that a structure of the kind undoubtedly deserves.
In 2000 Lanificio Fratelli Balli acquired 100% of Lanificio Rafanelli and in 2017 the two companies merged into a single company. Even today the Fabbricone is the seat of both the offices and the production of the Lanificio Fratelli Balli - Rafanelli.

70

Years of experience

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25.000

Square meters of Warehouses

Lanificio f.lli Balli - decoro

2.000

Employee during the first half of the 20th century