Murano’s reputation as a centre for glassmaking was born when the Venetian Republic, fearing fire and destruction to the city’s mostly wood buildings, ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano in 1291. Murano glass is still interwoven with Venetian glass.
Murano’s glassmakers held a monopoly on quality glassmaking for centuries, developing or refining many technologies including crystalline glass, enamelled glass (smalto), glass with threads of gold (aventurine), multicoloured glass (millefiori), milk glass (lattimo), and imitation gemstones made of glass. Today, the artisans of Murano are still employing these century-old techniques, crafting everything from contemporary art glass and glass jewellery to Murano glass chandeliers and wine stoppers.
First shown by Venetian glassmakers in Vienna in 1845, glass paperweights are collected by lovers of glass around the world. Available in a variety of styles, shapes, and colors, each paperweight is decorated with its own unique design and is created in much the same way as those shown in Vienna over a 150 years ago. Our paperweights are mostly modern, primarily from the 1980's unless otherwise noted. Murano glass does not ordinarily have any kind of logo or signature, just paper labels, which sometimes makes identifying Murano a case of guesswork if the label is gone.