The oldest objective of glassmaking is the production of bottles. The blowing glass was invented specifically to create water and other liquids recipients in the area of Venice and its lagoon. Nowadays bottles and carafes can be made of plastic and plastic recipients are very popular. However, the wrong recycling techniques and the ignorance of people about the right way to get rid of plastic bottles have increased the amount of plastic in the environment. To solve this problem, we can start by preferring glass to plastic at least at home, where it is easier to have access to water and bottles and carafes can be washed and reused easily.
Moreover, it is also possible to make this change in our behaviour trendy and elegant by choosing Murano glass. Murano glass is an antique art that dates back to the 10th century at least and that is the symbol of Venice and in particular the Island of Murano. This island is the only place where authentic Murano glass objects are created, and the art of glassmaking has been safeguarded since the 13th century by the Serenissima Republic of Venice. The master glaziers and their “serventi” have been the custodian of the techniques used in the process and they have inherited them from their fathers and families. The process of Murano glassmaking has been handed down from father to son for generations throughout centuries.
The master glassworkers from Murano are the only people who have the knowledge and the skills to produce real Murano glass. Every item they create is unique and it is impossible to find an object completely identical to another one, since each Murano glass article is hand-made, and this makes them irreplaceable works of art.
No other region and city can produce this specific type of glass, since it is proper for Venice and specifically Murano, where all the furnaces are since the late 13th century.
Going back to the initial theme of water recipients, Murano glassworkers create beautiful and eccentric Murano glass carafes, that are a symbol of tradition and history since this type of recipient is probably the most antique one. The first written proof of the manufacturing of glass in the Venetian lagoon dates to 982 and it is about the production of glass bottles.
The technique used to create the Murano Glass carafes is the blowing glass technique. It consists in blowing air inside incandescent glass with the help of a long metal stick, also used to mould the material with other tools by the master glazier. But other techniques help the creation of eccentric and joyful carafes.
There are different types of Murano Glass carafes for shape, colour, and size. We are usually used to the classical and traditional Murano glass carafes with murine decorations and big handles, that make them appear elegant and timeless, but lately the glassworkers have begun to create modern carafes that are characterized by stripes and irregular shapes.
Anyway, whatever your taste is and whether you want your pitcher to be more traditional or more fashionable, Murano Glass carafes are always a symbol of elegance and luxury. Their value will never fade, and their uniqueness will make you forget about your plastic bottles. You will never regret your choice!