Glassmaking reputation dates to medieval times

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 October, 2011, 12:00am


The Czech Republic has many famous exports, muses Consul-General in Hong Kong, Jaroslav Kanturek.

'Besides famed writer Milan Kundera and tennis player Martina Navratilova, we also have a few traditional Czech brands that have gained international fame such as Budweiser beer and Skoda Auto.'

Apart from some of the country's top national brands, what captures the imagination of people across the globe is the craftsmanship and quality standards associated with crystal and glassmaking.

No other country can be as proud as the Czech Republic in its ability to produce some of the world's finest glassmakers, blowers, cutters, designers and chandelier manufacturers.

The Czech glass and glassmaking industry has built a reputation and privileged position since medieval times.

It has set trends and standards in art and technologies the world over. The oldest known glassworks in the Czech lands date to the end of the 13th century and second half of the 14th century. Extensive regions within Bohemia and Moravia continue to remain centres of Czech glassmaking and manufacturing.

Several hundred years ago, Czech glassmakers adorned palaces with famous chandeliers decorated with cut glass trimmings.

Today, these objects of desire grace the interiors of opera houses in Rome, Milan, Brussels and luxury hotels and mansions all over the world.

Some of the world's most extravagantly opulent interiors of buildings, luxury mansions and hotels such as those in Hong Kong, the mainland and Macau are illuminated by sparkling Czech glass chandeliers.

This dazzling and much-cherished luxury ornamentation from the Czech Republic can be found hanging stylishly in the Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Hong Kong, the Hard Rock and the City of Dreams hotels in Macau and the Ritz-Carlton and Sheraton hotels in Shenzhen.