When we were in Italy last month, we discovered Sia silk flowers at a home just outside of Bologna. We had no idea that the gorgeous vase of calla lilies next to the fireplace was fake, until the homeowner tipped us off. This European company has been in the business of making faux flowers since 1963...
Designer Sonja Ingegerd started Sia in Sweden, and the popularity of her silk flowers spread throughout Europe. In 1994, the Sia Group was established and the company headquarters were moved to France.
Sia is now an international company, with locations throughout Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates. They don't have a U.S. location, although we did find some Sia flowers being sold through Amazon.com for between $20 and $50 for a dozen stems. (We found them by searching within Channel products.)
Sia's bouquets seem more like well-crafted sculpture than the unsubstantial plastic versions that many people imagine when they think of fake flowers. Made of silk and other materials, the petals are composed of layered colors that have a life-like presence.
For more information from the Sia site, click here.