Where hides the secret of Murano glass?
Fragile and sensitive, but an incomparably elegant and graceful – the Murano glass. Today, in times of instantaneous production and unstoppable consumption, the use of this material is even more necessary than in the past, especially when it comes to sustainability and clean environment. Long time no secret it is more that the ruler of the world – the plastic – caused significant damage to health both in humans and in animals. Especially when it comes to containers for our food, there are thankfully other alternatives. One of the healthiest is the glass.
Today, we focus on one of the finest and most expensive glass types, which comes from ancient times – the Murano glass. It was called to the island of Murano, which covers seven small islands and is located close to Venice.
Nostalgic panorama of Murano
All glassmakers in Venice were appointed to Murano in 1291, because the authorities were afraid of fires. So was the small town slowly very famous and enlivened. Initially produced mainly glass beads and mirrors. Later they made beautiful chandelier Murano, which across Europe popular and popular were. Centuries long, the glass makers of Murano have retained the monopoly of glass production. Despite the risk of death penalty, some of glassmakers are but emigrated at the end of the 16th century, and thus became known the secret of glass production in other European countries. As the Republic of Venice has lost its monopoly on glass and thus also the revenue left after.
Skilled craftsmanship and attention to detail
Nevertheless the old techniques and methods of glassmaking are very well kept and the today’s glass makers work exactly like hundreds of years ago. The main types of glass in Murano are optically clear glass, glazed glass (smalto), glass with threads of gold (aventurine), multicolored glass (millefiori), the milk glass (lattimo) and the glass, which mimics gems.
The glass processing requires lots of patience and dedication
The Murano glass consists of 70% quartz sand and 30% are called other substances, fluxes and stabilizers. The flux shall ensure that the glass at a lower temperature can be shaped and the stabilisers are responsible for ensuring that the glass is not dissolved in water. In principle, the Murano glass is transparent. The beautiful colors are achieved by adding minerals, oxides, and various chemicals.
It is often said that the beauty of Murano glass hidden in the Murano magic
When times go to Murano, Miss never to visit the Museum of glass. It is located on the Palazzo Giustinian and houses a rich collection of many artifacts from the history of glassmaking.
On Murano, you can find some of the best known brands in terms of glass – firms like Venini, Ferro Murano, Simone Cenedese and Barovier & Toso, Seguso. They all have the special hallmark of Murano glass, what is this intended to preserve the authenticity of this glass.
So, if you see the authentic character of Murano glass on the desired goods, you can also be sure that you hold a piece of ancient history and tradition in your hands.
Discover your special piece and marvel with!
Ancient methods – timeless beauty
The glass mass is formed with much love in beautiful pieces
Even the smallest details are terrific
Fragile Festival of colours
No limits of imagination and creativity
You can see such antiquities in the in Murano of Museum of glass
The world famous chandeliers made of Murano glass
And today’s interpretation
Imaginative creation of fine glass
Numerous pieces of jewellery are made on Murano
Anais-Mela – the modern lighting idea from Voltolina