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Journey into Murano's Craft: The technique of Filigrana

Filigrana is a traditional glass technique which originated in the 16th century on the renowned island of Murano. This highly skilled process is unique to Venetian artisans but has now spread all over Europe and in the world.

There are variants of the 'Filigrana' technique, each slightly different in material and technology:

  • When there is one single threads in a spiral form, the technique is called filigrana a retortoli. (image 1&2)

  • When the threads are interwoven, then the technique is called a reticello or double filigree. (image 3)

image 1: Glassware by Chris Taylor

image 2: Carlo Scarpa for Venini, 1934-1936

image 3: "Sanctuary", by Janusz Poźniak, 2008

The secret of Murano glassmaking has been transmitted through generations within families, ensuring the preservation of traditions. The designer Sebastian Wrong's showcases and honours this rich heritage through his project "Filigrana light" for Established and Sons in 2018.

FILIGRANA LIGHT, Sebastian Wrong, 2018

FILIGRANA LIGHT, Sebastian Wrong, 2018


filigrana process


Moira lamps from studio sahil

MOIRAI LAMPS, available online

In the 18th century, the Ottoman Empire embraced the Venetian filigree glass technique and transformed it into the Çeşm-i Bülbül glassware. Characterized by its distinctive white and blue stripes, Ottoman artisans adapted and infused their own cultural aesthetics.


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