This beautiful glass is created on the island of Murano, which is a part of the city of Venice in Northern Italy. Blending ancient Roman experience with the skills learned from the Byzantine Empire and trade with the Orient, Venice emerged as a prominent glass manufacturing center as early as the 8th century. In 1291 all furnaces used for glassmaking were moved from Venice to Murano to avoid the risk of fire spreading in the larger city. Murano glassmaking evolved into an art form where Venetian artisans had no equals. Today Murano glass masters continue to create the most artistically valued and sought-after glassware in the world using centuries-old glassmaking techniques passed down through the generations.
Millefiori (thousand flowers) glass is created by fusing together glass rods of different sizes and colors and then cutting those to form patterns.
Russian nesting dolls, also called matryoshka, are a collectible art form dating back more than 100 years. The first Russian nesting dolls were carved in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin and contained 8 pieces.
Nesting dolls are made from a single block of wood, leaving very little waste. The dolls are then hand pointed and nested inside one another. The figures separate in half to reveal smaller and smaller dolls inside.
In a traditional set of nesting dolls, each doll looks almost identical, but modern versions tend to have more of a unifying theme (such as animals) with each doll a different component to that theme. Matryoshka have become one of the most enduring symbols of Russian culture.
Do you have Scottish, Irish, or Welsh heritage? Celebrate it with a tartan accessory from Europa! According to Scots History Online http://www.scotshistoryonline.co.uk/tartan-history.html, the earliest Scottish tartans date back to at least the 3rd century AD.
We have a great selection of ties, scarves, and golf hats in stock, and we can also order all kinds of things in your tartan, from throw blankets and tablecloths to wedding garters and kirkin’ banners!