History of Venetian Mirrors

History of Venetian Mirrors

History of Venetian Mirrors. Be inspired by history and own a small piece yourself. 

Fine-quality glass and delicate detailing are just a few of the elements that make the Venetian wall mirror a distinctive addition to any interior. Highly reflective surfaces of natural substances like obsidian have been used throughout the ages to create mirrored images. The Romans devised a mirrored, reflective surface by combining lead and glass. It was not until the 14th century, however, that the technique of blowing glass allowed the creation of thin, flat surfaces that gave true-to-life reflections of images.

History of Venetian Mirrors

By the 16th century, Venetians artisans working on the island of Murano just off the mainland of Italy had developed the art of glass blowing to created elegant objects like goblets, jewellery and trinkets. They also devised a way to make large, flat-surfaced mirrors. The industry was located on Murano in part to create a dedicated industrial area to protect the city of Venice from fires from the large furnaces and from the dangerous materials used in the craft. The location also served as a way to protect the production secrets of several types of glass making developed by these artisans including crisallo, lattimo and adventurine, or glass with gold fibres.

Early Crafted Mirrors

Monarchs throughout Europe sought these costly mirrors. Finely crafted thin sheets of glass mounted over a backing of amalgamated tin and mercury gave a realistic reflected image. By the late 1600s, the secrets of the technique had been leaked to artisans of other countries including Belgium, England and France. The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles illustrates how the French further developed the Venetian technique to create sheets of glass that covered large expanses.

Using Venetian Wall Mirrors in Interior Design

Handsome Venetian mirrors contribute to the decorative style of any interior. The reflection of light gives the illusion of an enlarged space, an effective way to decorate a small room. An elegant mirror may serve as the focal point of a room or complement a particular decorative style.

Venetian wall mirrors come in an assortment of shapes and sizes: round, oval, rectangular & full-length all perfect for the bedroom or indeed any room in the home. Hand-crafted bevelled glass panels are often used to frame a central mirror. Etched motifs, beading, scalloped edges, and mirrored ribbons or rosettes are a few of the designs that make these mirrors distinctive. Here at Soraya Interior we have on offer a wide collection of Venetian Mirrors.

Often elegant but more simple styles of Venetian mirrors are now a popular choice. Such well-made mirrors complement both traditional and modern interior styles. But perhaps you are looking for a truly unique mirror! Soraya Interiors are pleased to offer a bespoke service. We are suppliers of Yearn Glass Mirrors in London. As a team, we can work to your requirements to produce a mirror of your dreams, a mirror that suits you and your interior.

History of Venetian Mirrors brought to you by Soraya Interiors. Home to decorative and modern, home and garden wall mirrors online. Shop at Soraya Interiors and enjoy free UK delivery and just in case, free returns. We have a full refund policy on any goods. For your convenience we offer advice on How to Hang a Wall Mirror? and the ability to purchase the correct wall fixings required to hang your mirror on any solid masonry or plasterboard wall. 

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