A type of glass perfected during the middle ages in Murano, Venice, Italy, also known as Murano glass. The Venetian archipelago has a rich history of glassworkers, in part thanks to rich international connections, in particular with Byzantium.
When in the 13thC the old, wooden factories were shut down on the mainland, new workshops were set up on Murano and the craft promoted. Venetian glass reached its apogee during the Renaissance Golden Age right through to the 18thC, and is still very much in production, remaining synonymous with fine quality and innovative designs.
Venetian glassworkers were among the first to achieve transparency, a specific range of vivid colours, and typically showcase elaborate techniques such as the use of murrine (the basis for the millefiori design), caning, filigree, enamel painting, gold and glass engraving…
The Venetian glass tradition has inspired countless exquisite ornaments for the home, perhaps especially ever more stunning chandeliers and lamp bases, also mirrors frame, wall lights and free handing sculptures, alongside flower vases and drinking glasses. The work of iconic designers such as Francesco Ballarin, Salviati, Venini, Seguso, Ercole Barovier, Alfredo Barbini is well known.