Calia Italia’s history begins with his founder Liborio Vincenzo Calia, a skilled master carpenter, in 1965 started to create and produce sofas in Matera, Italy. A sofa was supposed to be, as he loved to say, a piece of furniture where to rest, engage in conversation, dream… This master carpenter used to conceive new models, plan and follow-up all manufacturing stages, teach the job to trainees, take care of customer relations.
In 1991 the company develops “Centro Studi”, a development and research area with personnel qualified in design and prototypes. In 1996, by building a new 8,000 sq. m. plant in Ferrandina, Valbasento (MT), Calia Italia widens its range of models, giving a further boost to the economy of the territory. In the following period of time, and especially in the past three years, further reorganization and technological innovation endeavors have taken the company to a highly competitive international level, without ever leaving behind the artisan matrix of its products and the strong ties with Matera and its people.
Under Saverio Calia’s artistic direction and Giuseppe Calia’s commercial strategy, Calia Italia is now able to introduce more than 50 new models a year, with a wide range of coverings in leather and, as of 2010, also in fabric: a collection of approximately 30 different items available in over 400 colors.