The history of Murano
The history of the glass masters from Murano goes back to the Middle Ages, when Venice was one of the world's largest trading cities. At the time, glass was a valuable and sought-after material, but since the high temperature required to melt glass was a fire hazard for the city's wooden houses, the craft was moved to Murano - an island just outside of Venice.
During the 15th century, Murano's glass masters became renowned for their skill and creativity, and their glass art was soon sought after throughout Europe. They developed techniques that could produce everything from simple glasses and window panes to stunning crystal chandeliers and art glass that would adorn the finest palaces.
But it wasn't just their skill that made Murano's glass masters famous. They also had a unique ability to keep their techniques secret and limit the number of masters who could make the most valuable products. In this way, they were able to keep their prices high and make Murano glass art an even more sought-after and exclusive product.
During the 18th century, Murano's glass art reached its peak, but in the 19th century, competition from cheaper glassware from other countries began to affect Murano's glass masters. During the 20th century, the Murano glass masters were revived by an increased interest in handmade products and art glass, and they continued to produce beautiful and unique products that are used all over the world.
Today, they are especially sought after for their unique glass lamps that come in all different sizes and colors. One of their unique techniques is called "lamp weaving", which makes it possible to create beautiful patterns and shapes in glass. This technique requires great skill and decades of practice to master and their lamps are sought after by artists and collectors worldwide. We at The Italian Edition have chosen to focus specifically on all kinds of the beautiful lamps that are made in and around Murano. And even though the techniques have evolved since the Middle Ages, they continue to keep their secrets close and make each product a unique and exclusive creation.