Among the first founding companies of the Italian ceramic district around Sassuolo in Emilia-Romagna, Ragno is today as then the spokesperson for an eco-sustainable industry with certified systems, processes and products and a corporate culture that places sustainability at the center in terms of environment and people

Founded in 1949 in Sassuolo, Modena, in the heart of the nascent Italian ceramic district, Ragno was one of the historical protagonists of the development of Italian ceramic tile industry in the world.

The name and the first logo, a stylized spider in the center of a web, were inspired by the industriousness, perseverance and creativity of the arachnid, chosen as the company's founding values.

First it diversified into the production of coverings for the home, then into that of glazed floor and wall tiles and then extended to large thin slabs, up to specific collections for coverings.

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary, the Ragno space in Via Marco Polo in Milan designed by Benedetta Tagliabue - EMBT , is dressed in new colors and textures in extra large dimensions and with botanical decorations inspired by the new 'Golden Leaf' slab, a concentration of technologies and artisanal knowledge inspired by the ancient gold leaf technique.

The Olympic village of Rome

At the end of the 1950s Ragno launched the production of a tile created with waste enamel mixed with broken glass from bottles: the first production of tiles with a high percentage of recovery.

This product was chosen by the architects Vittorio Cafiero, Adalberto Libera, one of the masters of rationalism, Amedeo Luccichenti, Vincenzo Monaco and Luigi Moretti for the project of the Olympic Village of Rome on the occasion of the 1960 Olympics. A contract for 120 thousand square meters of green ceramic surface, which brought notoriety to the Sassuolo company.

In these years the Spyder, Stella and Star brands were born, dedicated to foreign markets.

The Italian market and advertising

Strengthened by the success achieved with the Olympic Village, between the end of the 60s and the early 70s Ragno became the largest Italian ceramic manufacturer with over 20 million square meters of tiles sold and 11 production plants .

In the same period, the first advertisements in specialized home improvement magazines and on Italian Radio and Television, for the first time in color, with the commercials "My home for little ones you are" and "Ragno , expert quality”. Il Ragno became Ceramiche Ragno.

Formula 1, the Marazzi Group and Italia 90

In the 1980s, the Ragno colors and brand achieved international fame, also thanks to the sponsorship of the Formula 1 Championship with the Italian driver Riccardo Patrese driving the Arrows which bore the orange color of the brand.

In 1989 Ceramiche Ragno became part of the Marazzi Group and the following year it was the protagonist of the “Italia 90” football world cup thanks to the famous mascot “Ciao”, a sculpture of a man with a ball, covered entirely in white, red and green Ragno tiles, a tribute to Italy, host nation of the football world championship.

New horizons

Since 2013, Ragno, with Marazzi Group, has been part of Mohawk Industries, the world's largest manufacturer in the flooring sector, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, with sales in over 170 countries , production sites in 19 countries and with a growth strategy for acquisitions and direct investments.

In recent years, an important investment plan aimed at improving the production of all the group's factories in Italy has led Ragno to develop new products and exclusive technologies which have expanded the offer and consolidated the company's positioning in the top range both in Italy and abroad.

Among the latest innovative technologies developed, 3D Ink gives an unprecedented material realism to surfaces through a system that combines optical recognition and printing precision. Cleanout Antibacterial Protection is an irreversible treatment that guarantees constant antibacterial protection over time, while StepWise is a production process that characterizes products with high slip resistance and soft touch surface.