Czech Glass - The World's Best Glass
Czech Republic, also known as Bohemia, has
historically been recognized for quality glass and crystal. An important
condition for glass making in medieval times was a sufficient amount of
wood, water and siliceous sand. All these conditions were well fulfilled
in Bohemian border areas.
Initially glass was made by the churches and especially by Benedicts
monks, who made glass for windows of churches and monasteries. The
earliest evidence of this dates to the ninth century. The first glass
making factories came into existence in Bohemian forests in the
The first written evidence of glass making in Bohemian area is from the
fourteenth century. The first direct records are purchase contracts, and
indirect evidence is the names of towns and villages, which mostly exist
Medieval glassblowers were not only excellent craftsmen but also great
designers and artists. After some time there was a surplus of products,
and Bohemian glassblowers began to export their products to neighboring
countries. The oldest written evidence about trade with glass is from
1376. During the early fourteenth century gothic chalices were renowned.
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