Murano glass originated from the Venetian Island of Murano, Italy. It is a much sought after rarity these days, being 100% handmade by highly skilled and talented artisans.
Glass blowing is a style of glass forming originating from Jerusalem in 37 BC. A glassblower (or glassmith) uses a blowpipe to inflate molten glass into a parison (bubble). It is associated with refined craftsmanship and an unfailing precision to create even the tiniest of details.
Glassmiths possess a considerable amount of patience and skill to be able to construct such masterpieces. Murano glass originated from the Venetian Island of Murano, Italy. It has been practised since 900 AD and had considerable Muslim and Asian influence due to Venice being a major trading seaport.
Murano glass is a much sought after rarity these days seeing as the number of Murano glass blowers have dramatically reduced from 6000 to fewer than 1000. To ensure authenticity and to set genuine Murano glass apart from the Asian and Eastern Europe imitations, the Artistic Glass Murano® trademark of origin is used by around 50 companies throughout the region of Veneto.
Murano glass is 100% hand-made and requires great skill and patience; it is a time-consuming and fiddly craft, allowing for no mistakes to be made in its creation.
There are many techniques used to mould and design the glass. Murrine, more commonly known as the traditional design of “millefiori” (thousand flowers), is created by layering coloured molten glass in a rod formation and moulding a star pattern, then allowing it to cool and layering more glass. A few other techniques include filigree, gold engraving, painted enamel, lattimo, ribbed glass and incalmo.
A Murano glass chandelier will be a luxurious addition to your home and the talking point for the room; its bright colours will match any décor and its timeless design a compliment its owner’s refined taste.