It is believed that glassmaking in Murano originated in 8th century Rome, with significant Asian and Muslim influences, as Venice was a major trading port. InÂ 1291, all the glassmakers in Venice were forced to move to Murano due to the risk of firesÂ among the cityâ€™s mostly wooden buildings.Â Murano's glassmakers were soon the islandâ€™s most prominent citizens, howeverÂ glassmakers were not allowed to leave the RepublicÂ and exportation of professional secrets was punishable by death. By the end of the 16th century, nearly half of Murano's inhabitants were involved in some way in the glassmaking industry.
Today, Murano is home to a vast number of factories and individual artists' studios making all manner of glass objects from mass marketed stemware to original sculpture. The Museo del Vetro (Glass Museum) in the Palazzo Giustinian houses displays on the history of glassmaking as well as glass samples ranging from Egyptian times through the present day.
Source:Â Wikipedia: Murano Glass
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