Managing Director, Venetian Mirror Centre
Since the fifteenth century, Venetian glass mirrors have been produced in significant numbers and they have never lost their allure for discerning clientele world-wide.
These masterpieces have always been created on the island of Murano by a small number of family-run businesses committed to producing mirrors with timeless elegance.
The Murano glass artisans were originally credited with discovering how to create the perfectly smooth mirror panes we are used to seeing every day, by blowing crystal clear glass into a cylinder shape, cutting it open and laying it flat to cool – a method known as cylinder blowing. Before the inception of this technique, mirrors were only a few inches wide.
When cool, these panes of flat glass, known as “quadri”, were then transported to the mainland and the “spechier” (mirror-maker) flattened, polished and applied the reflective tin surface to the “quadri”.
Originally, the reflective surface was applied with mercury, however this dangerous practice was replaced with the use of precious silver, the backing that is still used on today’s genuine Murano glass mirrors.
The beautiful embellishments, often floral in design, are created by master glass blowers, but these opulent decorations were traditionally used to cover up the joints of the mirror. The concept of such decoration gave way to engraving floral, heraldic, allegorical or mythological motifs upon the glass surface using a diamond wheel. This was the birth of the classic Venetian mirror, the type you will see worldwide and on our website.
The uniformity and quality of these mirrors was, and still is, unrivalled in the rest of the world.
Venetian Mirror Centre are proud to offer our customers the largest selection of authentic Murano glass mirrors in the world.
With over a decade of experience in selling Murano glass online, and having built close relations with talented and trustworthy glass artisans, we are a knowledgeable, Italian-speaking, family-run company that truly understands the manufacturing process and are therefore well-equipped to provide you an easy, stress-free journey into purchasing your perfect Venetian mirror.
In addition to our services, we are also able to supply a meticulously chosen range of affordable reproduction pieces, including not only beautiful Venetian mirrors but also mirror furniture.