Blow by mouth Murano Glass from ancient Orient to West
The island of Murano in Venice, Italy has been the homeland of original art glass since 1291, when the Republic of Venice decreed that all glass-making activities were to be confined to the island, for two main reasons: to avoid the risk of devastating fires, as at that time house and furnaces were made of wood, and to make leakage of trade secrets much more difficult.
The top-secret techniques for glass manufacturing have been passed down from generation to generation since then. The technique used to make the phial was that of blowing into glass using those instruments that the late Roman glass blowing activities had passed down through the ages. It is presumed that later the technique was refined in Venice more than anywhere else in Europe because of the trading contacts that the Venetians had with the Orient and above all with countries that already had an ancient tradition in glass blowing such as the Fenici, the Syrians and the Egyptians.
Today Venetian glass production is world renowned for quality and beauty adorning the most beautiful properties.