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Murano glass techniques 2016 Apr 25

Venetian glass is admired all over the world for its delicate perfection and incredible color schemes. The art of glass blowing existed in Venice long before the 10th century. When the high temperatures of the glass furnaces posed a threat to the predominantly wood-crafted buildings of Venice, the authorities decided to shift the whole industry to the island of Murano in the Venetian lagoon.

Isolated from the rest of the world by destiny or design the glass maestros experimented with the designs and pigmentation and invented quite a few stunning and complex techniques which earned name and fame for the island of Murano and its glass art...… read more

Intarsia Decorative Techniques 2016 Apr 17

Intarsia is a special wood work technique that involves cutting wooden pieces and sticking them together on a surface to form images. This is a kind of inlay technique almost similar to marquetry. The difference between marquetry and intarsia is that the intarsia work gives the image an illusion of depth to give it an almost three dimensional appearance.

This technique is said to have originated somewhere in the North African Arab territories as early as the 7th century. The Egyptians created extremely picturesque mosaic works using wood veneers of various species of wood. It was termed as ‘Parquetry’. This exotic art found its way to the Byzantine art and sculpture. The art occupied a prominent place throughout the golden era of the Byzantine art...… read more

Toso and Barovier Vetraria Artistica 2016 Apr 14

History

The history of Murano glass industry starts in 1291, when the glass blowing industry was shifted wholesale to the small island of Murano in the Venetian lagoon, away from the main land of Venice. There, isolated from the rest of the world, the art flourished to an incredible level. The master glass artists devoted their time and energy solely to the techniques of glass art and invented techniques that produced hitherto non-existent and spectacular glass objects.

Zebrati

Four years after the shifting of the industry to the island of Murano, in 1295 a master glassblower named Jacobellus Barovier founded the Barovier glass works. They were specialized in high quality Venetian glass. The glass blowing techniques were constantly subjected to research and experiments under him...… read more

Luigi Benzoni - An Incredible Synergy of Painting and Sculpture 2016 Apr 06

Luigi Benzoni is a Venetian artist. He was born in the Province of Bergamo in 1956. He moved to Venice at a very young age. By 1976 he was able to start his business in Venice. He had studied architecture and specialized in the history of art. This inspired him to experiment with various media of art.

He started the exhibition of his work in Venice and abroad in the first half of the 70s. He had started his career as an artist who used oil paint as his medium. Later he started experimenting with glass, porcelain and even bronze. Most importantly he was able to combine his painting skills and sculpting skills to produce incredibly novel structures...… read more

King-Werk German Beer Steins 2016 Mar 28

King-Werk German beer steins strive to preserve the centuries-old German beer stein craft in its genuinely archaic shapes and designs. The factory is situated at Hohr-Grenzhausen in Westerwald. Germany. This part of Germany is known for its top quality clay deposits. This clay deposits have produced a pottery culture in the area right from the 1st century A.D. Now the area is known all over the word for the traditional German Stein manufacturing.

 

There are many renowned beer stein makers around the area. King-Werk happens to be one of the largest beer stein manufacturers around. The company was founded by two gentlemen named, Friedrich Wuerfel and Edmund Mueller in 1949. From then on, they had started to produce beer steins that conform to the standards of ‘Ceramic of world reputation’. The German version of the phrase goes, Keramik Internationaler Geltung’. The company made an acronym of this phrase to create a trade mark for their venture and the trade mark ‘KING’ came into existence. The trade mark now stands for quality and authenticity. The name was proved extremely meaningful by their ensuing productions.

In 1968 the factory suffered greatly in a fire mishap. In spite of it, most of the important molds were retrieved from the debris and King-Werk was able to re-establish itself with added facilities. New and innovative designs were added and once again King-Werk began its world-wide trade...

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Down the lane to the origin of music boxes 2016 Mar 23

The origin of the automatic music boxes can be traced back to man’s enthusiasm to create automated things. He started with making automated birds and animals. The Greeks were the ones who were enthusiastic about making mechanical animals and birds. From there, man’ attention was diverted to the production of automatic musical instruments.

During the 15th century there was a musical instrument called ‘carillon’. It was a tower of bells which was rung by a player to produce very pleasing rhythms. He did it by striking the bells with a hammer. Later, in the 13th century a clever carillon player in Flanders created a wooden cylinder with pins on it. They controlled some components which were connected to the hammers that struck the bells.

The spacing of the pins determined the rhythm. By changing the position of the pins one could change the rhythm. This mechanism is the now known forerunner of the present sophisticated musical boxes.

Later the music was produced and controlled by metallic drums with pins on them and a metal comb. The teeth of these metal combs are pre-tuned. While the drums rotate the pins pluck the teeth of the comb producing music. The cylinder is attached to springs which could be wound up.

However, the credit of producing the first miniature music box rests with a watch maker from Geneva. He was Louis Favre. Thereafter, in the 18th century production of musical snuff boxes began. They were called ‘carillons à musique’. They were so small that they could be carried in a gentle man’s coat pocket...… read more

Carnival masks 2016 Mar 23

This is the most popular mask. It is worn to project a gentle manly and heroic character.

The mask is usually white, worn with a black hat. This whole face mask is with a beak like extension at the chin. This enables you to talk, eat and drink.

This is a typical male carnival mask.

Volto

This is also a man’s mask with an extension at the chin.

This is a white mask worn with a long cloak.

This mask can be worn for any party and your identity will be unrevealed while chatting and mingling with the people you like.

Dama

This is a pretty womanly mask. This projects a high born lady image.

 

This is a full mask which is heavily decorated in gold and silver. The mask has all the facial features intact.

 

You can wear this for partying and carnival...… read more

 

Types of Venetian Masks 2016 Mar 23

Masks and masquerades are a part of Venetian life from time immemorial. When and why they started wearing masks is a matter which is subjected to speculations. But the masks were worn by the venetians from time of the great Republic.

Venetians enjoyed a high standard of living from ancient times. Trade and commerce flourished in Venice giving each of its citizens its great benefits. The masks were worn on a daily basis. May be there was a need to maintain anonymity while transactions conducted in a very small place. So the masks were worn so that anybody can go about meeting anyone without revealing their identity and more importantly their social status.

This gave an equal footing to everyone and an equal chance of success to every Venetian. But as everything else, this practice began to deteriorate and deviate from its actual purpose. People found it fit to engage in not-so-innocent activities wearing masks. As a result, society began to get corrupted. People began to be engaged in gambling and other clandestine activities. So the masks were banned in Venice in the 13th century.… read more

How to take care of Murano glass products 2016 Mar 21

Murano glass articles are valued globally, as much for its iconic value as for its excellent features and expert craftsmanship. The Murano glass artisans create a variety of products. They include chandeliers, sculptures, jewelry, goblets and vases. They find a supreme place in the collections of hobbyists all over the world.

If you own some of these fabulous glass articles, it is vital that you know how to take care of them and clean them periodically to preserve their original brilliance.

Cleaning Murano glass chandeliers

The Venetian artisans produced fabulous chandeliers and exported them to other countries from 10th century onwards. When the glass blowing industry got shifted to the island of Murano, it acquired newer dimensions and began to expand. The chandeliers produced by the Murano artisans were incredibly elaborate and perfect in minute details.

If you own a Murano glass chandelier, you know how elaborate they are. The delicately formed and dangled pieces are magnificent in every detail. When you attempt cleaning it, you will have to be careful not to cause the pieces rub against each other. This may cause scratches on the pieces and the optical clarity will be compromised.… read more

How to identify genuine Murano glass – a beginner’s guide 2016 Mar 21

  • The authentic Murano glass articles contain 18 – 24 karat gold and sterling silver and they will be mentioned in the product description. This means you can be sure the article is genuine.


  • Once you are satisfied with the labels and the like, you may inspect the article itself and the other articles displayed by the dealer. The Murano glass is made of quality glass and it will usually possess a luminosity that comes from within. Inspect the similar articles. If they are Murano articles they will be slightly different from one another. As the Murano articles are individually blown, no two articles resemble in all respects.

 

  • The colors and lines on the genuine Murano articles will be vivid and rich. The Murano glass artisans are meticulous in crafting the minutest details of the articles. The imperfections in the features will show you that it is not a Murano piece.

 

  • As the Murano glass articles are individually blown, they will have a mark at the bottom of the product. This mark is called ‘pontil mark’. This is made by the rod which is used by the artisans to hold the articles while he shapes it. This is a sure sign that the article is hand blown... … read more

Berengo Fine Arts – A New Lease of Life to the Murano Glass Art 2016 Mar 14

On entering the famous Berengo Studio in Venice, you get the shock of your life, when you see an exquisite blood red murano glass chandelier lying shattered on the floor and some stuffed ravens picking on the debris. Then you glance around the studio to see a bunch of unconventional shapes around you. It finally dawns on you that somebody is trying to convey a message through this shattered chandelier. That somebody is Adriano Berengo, the founder of the Berengo fine arts. He is conveying the unmistakable message that the Murano glass art is going to resurrect from the ashes (debris) of this shattered chandelier which symbolizes the near extinction of the art.

 

Venice is a country which has occupied an important position in the map of the world from the 8th century as the center of incredibly artistic glass works. From the 13th century its fame soared to unprecedented heights due to the Island of Murano, which was exclusively allotted to the glass blowing industry. The murano glass arts flourished through the centuries that followed. Going through a number of ups and downs, by the end of 20th century, murano glass industry began to suffer...… read more

Starkbierfest, Munich, Germany 2016 Mar 10

If you are a beer aficionado, you can’t probably afford to miss the spring beer fest in Germany. It is termed as ‘Starkbier’ fest. ‘Stark’ in German means ‘strong’. So this is the festival of ‘strong beers’. This fest has a 500 year old history.

The Christian monks are supposed to observe a 40-day fast during lent. This obviously is very exhausting. So Brother Barnabas with his fellow Paulaner monks, found a way to circumvent this highly exhausting fasting rule, which says that they cannot eat. In 1651 they brewed a special beer with added malt and grains. This made the beer stronger by way of its solid content but not much in the alcoholic content. The monks called it ‘Salvatore’ meaning ‘savior’. This strong beer is also called ‘Flüssiges Brot’ or liquid bread...… read more

The Carnival of Limoux 2016 Mar 10

Have you heard of a three month long carnival? It happens in Limoux, France. The carnival of Limoux is known as the longest carnival in the world. It extends through the weekends of January, February and March, till the Night of the Blanquette.

This is a 400 year old celebration, the origin of which can be traced back to the celebration of the millers in the 14th century. At that time, the millers conducted a small celebration when they were released from an obligation to pay taxes to the Dominican priory at Prouille. They conducted processions through the streets with the accompaniment of musicians throwing sugared almonds and flour. At present they throw confetti instead of flour.

The carnival began to be conducted regularly from the 1600s in Limoux. There is more to this traditional carnival than just dance and merrymaking. The processions and other activities in the carnival are governed by a discipline of ancient customs. It also helps to preserve one of the ancient French dialects called ‘Occitan’. The songs and plays will be in Occitan language... … read more

Festa della Donna – Italy 2016 Mar 10

March 8th is now celebrated as International woman’s day all over the world. This day is meant for giving women enough confidence to carry on with their fight against discrimination, which still exists in some parts of the world. It emphasizes women’s right to have equal rights with men.

 

In Italy this day has been declared as a public holiday. It is called “Festa della Donna”. Myriads of activities and celebrations take place all over Italy on March 8th. Even if the status of women is not really low in Italy, on March 8th women enthusiastically gather together conducting various functions to celebrate their achievements in various fields. This is a day for upholding their social, economic and political triumphs.… read more

 

How the Sorrento Music Boxes are made 2016 Mar 07

Sorrento is a beautiful town which is stretched on the side of a beautiful hill facing the blue waters of the Mediterranean. This is a peaceful tourist spot mostly covered with lime and orange groves.

The wood craft of Sorrento is centuries old. The craftsmen of Sorrento are trained in the art of marquetry and inlay. They use special wood veneers to create magnificent pictures with incredible details. The history of the marquetry is dated back to the era of the pharaohs in Egypt. It is an ancient art. The artisans of Sorrento are the modern experts in the art. They use this technique to create large wall panels, furniture and boxes...… read more

Lucio Bubacco Glass Artists – Giving an Extra Dimension to Murano Lamp Works 2016 Mar 01

Lucio Bubacco is the son of Murano in all its senses. He was born in 1957 in Murano as the son of a proficient glass blower. This means that he was involved in murano glass works almost from birth. He travelled extensively with his father and every journey was a expedition through the superior glass art of the world as well as that of Murano.

He started his glass works as a boy with another old glass blower. Playing with glass, he began to craft small articles like animals. But his work was always inspired by the anatomy of his subject. At the age of 14 he completed a work using the ‘Lume’ technique. The uniqueness of his work was that he was inspired by some of the old world artistic ideas from the Greek, Byzantine arts.

 

He was greatly influenced by the renaissance art also. But whatever he made exhibited an unparalleled anatomic excellence. Human body held his fascination beyond measure. Together with it, he was influenced by the fantastic world presented by the Hellenic civilization and other civilizations before Christ. As a result, his creations contained an abundance of fantastic beings, angels, devils and gods...… read more

 

The Grand Carnival of Amalfi Coast 2016 Feb 23

A malfi, with its beaches and the mountain towns and lime and orange groves is a paradise on earth. February is pleasantly warm in Amalfi and therefore the festivities begin. Poised on the threshold of spring, the people and the atmosphere begin to get a special spark. That is when some of the local youngsters as early as 1999, thought of celebrating the end of the cold winter and the coming of spring.

They made the streets of Amalfi colorful with all kinds of festivities, concerts and processions. What started as a local spring celebration later took up incredible dimensions and now it is one of the most colorful February events in Italy. The weather, together with the fabulous beaches, attract a large number of tourists to Amalfi during the month of February. Now the Grand carnival that starts at the end of January is the main attraction.

 

A present, the preparations for the 43rd Grand Carnival of Amalfi is in progress. It is scheduled from 31st January to 14th February.

 

The first event is the opening of the synthetic ice skating rink in the waterfront. It is mainly for the enjoyment of children. It will stay open till 14th February. On the 31st of January the Carnival for Children opens. Various shows and performances are roped in to mark the occasion. Children also get a chance to showcase their talents on this occasion...… read more

Feast of St. Antony of Sorrento, Italy 2016 Feb 22

On February 14th, while the whole world celebrates Valentine’s Day, the people of Sorrento are consumed in a kind of religious fervor. They celebrate the feast of their patron saint, St. Antony Abbot. He died on February 14th 626 AD.

 This is a two-day celebration that starts with people visiting the statue of the saint in the Basilica from the morning of the 13th and ends at the midnight of the 14th. People of Sorrento commemorate the death of their Patron with complete dedication and piety.

It is said that the Basilica which bears his name now was built by St. Antony himself, helped by Saint Catellus, on the instruction of Archangel Michael. At that time St. Antony was a monk. Now this basilica stands as one of the most venerated architectural wonders of the world. Hundreds of tourists visit the Basilica every year.

A host of legends that prove the miracles performed by the Patron Saint exists in Sorrento. People are ready to recite any number of them to you when you visit the place.… read more

Nason Moretti 2016 Feb 14

The Nason Moretti glass works was founded in 1925 by the Nason brothers. Their aim was to produce top quality tableware and home accessories. The Moretti family joined the firm in 1950s. Both families were engaged in glass blowing for years. It was a merger of excellent skills of two master traditions. Carl Moretti’s works are exhibited in some of the important glass museums of the world.

In 1955 Umberto Nason took up a novel project of producing special kinds of bowls and glassware. This fetched the prestigious Golden Compass Award for the establishment. Thus Nason Moretti glassware became world famous

 

Nason Moretti is a highly esteemed name in the Italian glassware. They produce a wide range of drinking glasses. Their products include both stemmed-ware and drinking glasses without stems.

 

The unique style of the hand blown glass ware betrays an expertise which is perfected through centuries. They make these glass objects using the traditional Murano techniques. Since they are blown individually, they are incredibly delicate and light...… read more

Sorrento and Their Tradition of Making Music Boxes 2016 Feb 08

Sorrento and its wood work tradition

Sorrento is famous for its wood work for generations. The marquetry and inlay art belong to the age old tradition in Sorrento. For generations these people work using special kinds of wood to create great art.

The art of hand crafted inlays is a hereditary art in Sorrento. The technique of using veneers from different colored wood is a wonderful art. They create colorful inlays without using any artificial coloring agent. Instead, they use wood veneers with different colors. Maple, burl elm, white poplar, briar and rosewood are some of the special wood they use...… read more

Formia Fornace Mian 2016 Jan 25

Murano glass articles are the favorites of collectors all over the world. But it is important for the collectible to be a true Murano glass piece. There are a few furnaces that are authorized by the Veneto Regional Law to use the certifying mark. Fornace Mian is one of them.

This Murano glass industry is a 20th century addition to the Murano glass blowing tradition. It was established by Alfio Mian in 1962. He was a master in the art and very much dedicated to the traditional art of Murano. He started the furnace in a very small way, with two artisans. But the dedication of these men and their commitment to the art soon gained their establishment name and fame...… read more

Esse 2 Murano Glass Company 2016 Jan 19

This is a family owned business. The main production is Jewelry for women. The beads are hand-made. The expertise of the artists makes these beads excellent specimens. The entire Jewelry making – from the making of beads to crafting jewelry from them – is supervised by the family.

The innovative designs are evolved but the glass work is essentially rooted in the age-old Murano tradition. The designs of Esse2 are original and extremely creative.… read more

Venini Murano glass 2016 Jan 12

Venini Murano Glass Company was founded in the beginning of the 20th century by a lawyer from Milan, Paolo Venini and an antique dealer, Giacomo Cappellin from Venice. The company was established in 1921 with Vittorio Zacchin, a painter, as the art director. The company was named Cappellin Venini &C.

But in 1925, a difference of opinion between the founders led to the withdrawal of Cappellin from the association. So Venini re-established the company as Venini & C. in 1925. After a minor set-back in the beginning, Venini was successful in setting up his organization admirably. The design department of the firm was backed up by many design kings like Napoleon Martinuzzi, Tommaso Buzzi and others.… read more

King-Werk German Beer Steins 2016 Jan 04

King-Werk German beer steins strive to preserve the centuries-old German beer stein craft in its genuinely archaic shapes and designs. The factory is situated at Hohr-Grenzhausen in Westerwald. Germany. This part of Germany is known for its top quality clay deposits. This clay deposits have produced a pottery culture in the area right from the 1st century A.D. Now the area is known all over the word for the traditional German Stein manufacturing.

There are many renowned beer stein makers around the area. King-Werk happens to be one of the largest beer stein manufacturers around. The company was founded by two gentlemen named, Friedrich Wuerfel and Edmund Mueller in 1949. From then on, they had started to produce beer steins that conform to the standards of ‘Ceramic of world reputation’. The German version of the phrase goes, Keramik Internationaler Geltung’. The company made an acronym of this phrase to create a trade mark for their venture and the trade mark ‘KING’ came into existence. The trade mark now stands for quality and authenticity. The name was proved extremely meaningful by their ensuing productions.… read more

 

How Christmas Is Celebrated in Italy 2015 Dec 24

Italy being the abode of the Pope, the head of Roman Catholicism, celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ with great religious fervor. The celebration starts eight days before Christmas with special Novenas in churches. Virgin Mary is greatly revered and songs are sung in the homes of carpenters to honor St. Joseph. The Italians avoid meat for 24 hours before Christmas to purify their bodies before Christmas. They are that religious! 

December 8th, which is celebrated as the Day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, marks the onset of the Italian Christmas celebrations. The streets and the houses are decorated and the Christmas markets turn up all over the country.… read more

 

How They Celebrate Christmas in France 2015 Dec 24

Christmas has a deep religious significance as far as the French are concerned. France conforms mostly to the Catholic traditions in celebrating the birth of the Immaculate Child. It is almost a month long celebration filled with color and music and sumptuous food.

St. Nicholas Day

Christmas mood is set, right from the end of November when Christmas markets begin to appear in the country. On 6th of December with the St. Nicholas day, the festivities start in earnest. Colorful light decorations begin to be erected along the streets and buildings. Churches begin to echo with Christmas songs. This continues till 6th January, the12th day of Christmas...… read more

All about Christmas in Germany 2015 Dec 24

Christmas in Germany is a time for celebration and gift exchange, as it is everywhere else in the world. Christmas celebrations and the related rituals and traditions vary greatly in various parts of Germany.

Advent

The Christmas season commences four Sundays before Christmas. This is called ‘advent’. The advent as the name denotes the beginning of the celebrations. Each family makes an advent wreath using the seasonal greens. This wreath is further decorated with colorful ribbons and other decorations. Four candles are placed on the wreath and one is lighted on the first Sunday and an addition candle will be directed each of the ensuing Sundays till Christmas. In some regions the family gathers around the wreath while lighting candles and sing carols.

Advent calendar is also made. This is mainly to help children count down. The calendar is usually made with windows that are covered, so that the children can open them each day and claim the goodies in them...… read more

How the Glass Capital Celebrate Christmas 2015 Dec 24

Murano is a beautiful island off cost Venice. It is nicknamed as the glass capital of the world because of the wonderful glass creations by the artisans of the island. All their celebrations are naturally, connected with glass blowing and glass architecture. Christmas is no exception. The people of Murano celebrate their age old tradition of glass art during Christmas. The festivities include glass articles in most of its stages.

St. Nicholas Day or Natale di Vetro

C hristmas starts in Murano with the St. Nicholas day. St. Nicholas, being the patron saint of the glass blowers, is highly venerated by the Muranese population. So a special mass is conducted in his name at the Chiesa di San Pietro Martire. The St. Nicholas Day is also called Natale di Vetro or Glass Christmas. As the name indicates, this is the day on which the glass artists of Murano display their glass architecture skills to the natives and tourists alike. They all get together to present an impressive exhibition of Glass works...… read more

Christmas Traditions All over the World 2015 Dec 23

Christmas is celebrated all over the world with great religious fervor. It is also a time of festivity and collective enjoyment. There are a lot of traditional activities that are almost the same all over the world. Having said that, it is also true that these traditions vary considerably to suit the cultural differences of different localities.

The Christmas tree, Santa Clause and his gifts, Christmas dinner and the nativity scene crafting are some of those traditions followed almost everywhere in the world. Christmas carol singers go about singing carols all over the world. They collect money and use it for charity purposes.

In most European countries Christmas starts well before the Christmas day. Countries like France and Holland starts their Christmas day celebrations from December 6th, St. Nicholas day; countries like Italy and Germany start their Christmas four weeks before the Christmas Day, and they call it Advent. Spain commences the festivities from the feast of Immaculate Conception of Mary on the 8th of December while Sweden starts the celebrations from 13th December, which is the St. Lucia’s day.

The midnight mass and the extravagant Christmas feast are also popular traditions which are conducted by various parts of the world with slight variations brought about by the cultural diversities of the regions.

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Traditional Christmas Food from Various Countries 2015 Dec 23

Christmas foods vary from place to place. it again depends on the availability of food materials and special preparations of the locality. It also depends largely on the local culture.

Eastern Europe

In many Eastern European countries people fast prior to Christmas. On the Christmas Eve, however, they eat an elaborate meatless dinner. This comprises several sea-food dishes. On the Christmas day they eat a luxurious dinner with various fowl roasts. Duck and Turkey are more popular. This is eaten with delicious wine and plenty of vegetable preparations. In Czech Republic they fry carps for Christmas and prepare special Christmas biscuits.

Finland

In Finland the Christmas dinner is made of seasonal vegetables. The main dish is ham eaten with mustard or bread. They also have many other side dishes. The other food items that are served are fish, potatoes, casseroles with liver and raisins, rice and carrot. This is washed down with mulled wine with or without alcohol.… read more

Multicultural Christmas in USA 2015 Dec 21

It is not easy to sum up the Christmas traditions in USA because of the multicultural nature of the country. Christmas in USA is actually a melting pot of numerous cultures, since the population of the country consists of migrants from all the continents.

So it is a very interesting season in USA. Christmas in USA starts as early as November, when they celebrate the Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday in November. The following Saturday is marked by a colorful and spectacular parade in New York City. The protagonist of the event is Santa Clause himself. He arrives as a herald to the Christmas celebrations.

From then on, the commercial centers are flooded with Christmas decorations, food items and gift articles. As years go by, like everywhere else in the world, Christmas in USA is also becoming highly commercialized.

Another important feature of the Christmas in USA is that it coincides with two other important festivals of two other cultures – Hanukah of the Jews and Kwanza of the Afro-Americans. So this season brims over with merriment, feasting and gift exchange.… read more

The Best Gift Ideas from 1001shops.com for Holidays 2015 Dec 18

Christmas, New Year, Winter Holidays – the season of celebration is at hand. This, as you know, is the gift exchange extravaganza, if I may term it thus. People all over the world are thinking day and night about the appropriate gifts for various people in their lives. Well? Aren’t you?

The challenge here is selecting the gift that will suit the person and your relationship with him or her – your parents, spouse, children, siblings, nephews and nieces, friends….the list is long.

But, you need not worry, with 1001 shops at your service. We have gift items that suit all kinds of relationships, ages and genders. All you have to do is to find time to browse through our exhaustive catalogs. … read more

Christmas in France 2015 Dec 16

Christmas in France starts with Advent. It begins on a Sunday four weeks before Christmas. That means they will get four Sundays before Christmas. An advent calendar is set up on the first Sunday to help the children to count down the days till Christmas day. They have to open a window on the calendar on each day.

An advent wreath is also made using fir tree or pine tree branches. These trees are used because they do not shed their leaves during winter. So they represent hope and eternal life during the Christmas season. Four candles are placed on the wreath. They will be lighted on Sundays, one on the first Sunday, two on the second Sunday and so on. On the fourth Sunday all the four candles will be lit. The wreath is decorated using flowers, ribbons and other Christmas decoration.

Nativity scenes are an integrated part of Christmas. The churches usually put up large nativity scenes using life-sized figures of the holy family, shepherds and the cattle. Some churches go to the extent of creating live nativity scenes using actors and live animals. But smaller nativity scenes are installed in houses with small figurines called ‘santons’. In France these figurines are handcrafted with clay.… read more

Christmas in Italy 2015 Dec 11

The Italian Christmas is special in its simple and sober nature. While everywhere else in the world, Christmas is a time for feverish commercial activities, Italy celebrates its Christmas in a highly religious way. It is a time for prayer, get-togethers, gift exchanges and most importantly Nativity scenes or ‘presepe’.

The Christmas celebrations start in Italy from 8th December, which is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The construction of nativity scenes starts from then on. Unlike the usual nativity scenes all over the world, Italian nativity scenes incorporate all the possible day-to-day life scenes in the nativity. Apart from the holy family, magi, shepherds and their cattle, all the natural scenes like fields, houses etc. are also included. The nativity is sometimes arranged in a tall pyramid form. The upper shelves will be occupied by gifts and other decorations.… read more

Christmas in Germany 2015 Dec 09

In Germany, Christmas festivities start a month before Christmas. It starts with the Advent, which falls on the first of four Sundays preceding Christmas. The Christmas mood sets in from that day. Many traditional activities are connected to Christmas in Germany. There were many customs and ceremonies connected to Christmas in the past but the modern celebrations commenced only by the middle of the 19th century.

It starts from lighting the Advent wreath on the first Advent Sunday. This is a wreath, usually made of fir tree branches, with four candles representing four Sundays before Christmas. One added candle will be lit on each Sunday, completing the lighting of four candles on the fourth Sunday. This is the official beginning of the festivities and preparations for German Christmas. … read more

Hanukkah – The Jewish Festival of Light 2015 Dec 03

The word ‘Hanukkah’ means ‘dedication’. Even though the eight-day festival is known as festival of lights, it is actually associated with a difficult period in the history of Jews, after which they had to cleanse and rededicate their holy temple to God.

I n 168 B.C. the Syrian Greek leader, Antiochus Epiphanes, a tyrant, conquered Israel and persecuted the Jews and forced them to convert into Hellenistic culture. He defiled their temple and offered the Jews two choices – convert or die. He established various idols of the Greek Gods in the temple and one of himself to be bowed before by the Jews.

The oppressed Jews sought to fight an unequal battle with the huge Syrian army. The five sons of the Priest Mattathias led the fight and won the battle miraculously. The Jews routed the Syrians and preserved their religion. But then they had to clean the temple desecrated by the Syrians. After cleaning the temple they prepared to rededicate it to God by lighting the eternal lamp. Only one jar of clean olive oil was left and it would keep the lamp lighted only for a day. The new oil had to be produced with religious rituals. It took eight days for it. To their surprise, the lamp kept burning for eight days, till they could produce more oil.… read more

Thanks giving – Facts and Fiction 2015 Nov 27

Thanksgiving is observed in America on the fourth Thursday of November every year. This is a national holiday. Now it is an occasion for celebration and feasting in America. This is the day meant for thanking Almighty God for the good harvest of the year and the year that is coming to a close without any mishaps or unpleasantness.

Thanksgiving festivals are known in various countries and communities from very early times. It was observed among Greeks, Egyptians and Romans after harvest. It was often celebrated with sumptuous feasts.… read more

Thewalt German Beer Stein Company 2015 Nov 18

 

Thewalt German beer steins have an impressive heritage of 117 years behind them. The company was first established as a joint venture of two great masters – Albert Jacob Thewalt and Jean Paulus, in the year 1882. The company was named ‘Paulus & Thewalt’.

 

But by 1893 Thewalt decided to start his own venture. That was the beginning of a more-than-a century old business. The family business was loyally continued by the old master’s son Albert Johann Thewalt and the third generation business was headed by the grandson Albert Jakob Thewalt.… read more

 

Fratelli Toso Murano Glass 2015 Nov 09

Fratelli Toso was founded by six brothers, as a glass blowing furnace of small stature in 1854. At that time, they concentrated more on trivial things like pharmacy jars. That was the age when Murano glass industry had suffered greatly through the Napoleonic war and the fall of the Venetian republic. So it was a time the industry was in the process of recuperation. 

Many traditional Murano glass techniques were lost during this period. It was Abbot Vencenzo Zanetti who had helped the brothers to re-invent some of the old techniques of the island. So Fratelli Toso began their 150+ years of glass blowing journey in style, by producing a magnificent chandelier for the Museo del Vetro of Murano. Thereafter, the company announced their indelible presence in the scenario, by taking part in all the prestigious glass exhibitions and shows...… read more

 

How to shop for the best gifts on 1001shops.com 2015 Nov 06

You buy gifts for people you love in order to show them how much you love them. At the same time buying suitable gifts is always a challenge. You will have to conduct a full-fledged research on the person before gifting him or her with something.

Buying those traditional and ‘clichéd’ gifts is now outdated and extremely boring. But at the same time the gifts should please the receiver. At 1001shop.com, we offer gifts for all ages and interests. The original continental pieces we offer are guaranteed to please you.

Gifts for special occasions – Birthdays, Wedding anniversaries, Graduation, Wedding, House warming, Baby shower, Bridal shower…..… read more

Arte di Murano 2015 Nov 02

Arte di Murano was the brain child of a young entrepreneur, Alphonso Morgillo, who was vastly influenced by the ancient glass blowing culture of Murano. He also serves as the current president of the company. 

He was committed to carry on the fabulous glass tradition of Murano in its original splendor and started the company as a production center for chandeliers. But a highly effective corporate business culture speeded up the development of the company. Now the company produces all sorts of exquisite glass objects like vases, mirrors, glass sculptures, fancy goods and table wares, besides producing classic and designer light fixtures. 

The use of high quality materials to manufacture excellent quality goods has made the Arte di Murano pieces highly popular all over the world. The entire glass components of the articles are manually made by glass maestros who have their roots in the thousand year old tradition of Murano glass blowing. Their expertise is evident in every Arte di Murano articles.… read more

 

Halloween – a tryst with the departed 2015 Oct 27

The end of autumn, harvest – the end of a natural cycle of life! Then winter, when all the life seem to disappear, once again preparing for resurrection! So this is an apt time to connect with the dear departed. Halloween is just that occasion. The three day-long observance starts on October 31st.

Origin and evolution of Halloween through centuries

Halloween has its origin in the pagan Celtic festival Samhain pronounced as sah-ween. They celebrated this festival to humor the departed spirits that come to wander on earth during this transitional period between the cyclic life and ultimate death. Winter is often connected with death. The priests called the Druids, lighted sacred bon-fires with many sacrifices and other rituals to please the spirits, thus warding them off from mischief. After that, they will light their hearth with the fire from the holy bon-fire to start a new cycle once again.… read more

 

Hofbrauhaus – The Royal Beer from Germany 2015 Oct 23

Beer is Germany’s drink. Copious amount of beer is consumed daily in Germany. It is said that after the ‘Black Death’ the population became extremely dwindled and the grains were surplus. There started the brewing of world’s most popular drink.

In the beginning of the 16th century Wilhelm V, the duke of Bavaria found it very difficult to meet the great demand of the beverage in his own household. So he was advised to start brewing his own beer for his family. Thus, he founded the Hofbrauhaus in 1589.… read more

Fall colors Manifested in the Wonderful Murano Glass 2015 Oct 20

Autumn is a wonderful season. While spring is celebrated as the colorful season, you cannot ignore the vibrant colors of the autumn. Even if yellow and orange are more associated with autumn, there are a lot many shades of red, blue and green appear in the autumn. Nature is often embellished with myriads of colors.

Murano artists are great aestheticists. They observe nature closely to enhance their work with the wonderful colors and images from nature. As a result, every category of their work reflects nature in all its glory.… read more

15 Best Holiday Gift Ideas 2015 Oct 12

With the holidays fast approaching you must be incessantly thinking and planning for suitable gifts for various people in your lives. It is not easy to choose the best suited presents for everyone. You can take a few tips from us in that case. The 1001shops is at your service. We have a whole lot of gift items that will suit your purpose without a hitch.

 

Music boxes that enhance the merry mood of Christmas and New Year

 

The music boxes are small handy containers that can be used to hold jewelry mainly, and alternatively souvenirs and keepsakes. These are beautifully polished and inlaid boxes that produce music when opened. It will be a pleasure for the recipient to open the gift with a soft tune.… read more

 

Seguso Vetri d’ Arte 2015 Oct 05

Seguso is one of the oldest and most prestigious of the Murano glass furnaces. It is a family concern, established in the early half of the 14th century. It is also one of the largest Murano glass furnaces. The products of this furnace are so perfect and artistically superior that they adorn some of the world famous spaces like royal abodes and even the Pope’s palace.

The artisans of this Murano glass establishment are committed to their work and use their traditional know-how to make some of the most celebrated glass pieces that occupy exalted positions in many a world renowned museum. The techniques used by Seguso are still the centuries old ones. They are still handcrafted to perfection by some of the first rate glass maestros of the world.… read more

Zoeller & Born German Beer Steins 2015 Sep 30

Zoeller & Born is one of the very few companies that produce German beer steins with 100% German materials. Their entire work force and artists are German. The advantage is that the chances of digressing from the glorious German tradition of beer stein craft is extremely slim.

This family owned company was cofounded in 1956 by Alois Zoeller and Werner Born. Westwald region of Germany is universally famous for its top quality clay deposits. So naturally this became the ancient center of pottery. This later became an equally renowned center of top quality ceramic products. The Zoller & Born is a company that uses only the quality ensured clay of the Westwald region.

 Zoeller & Born produces high quality stoneware on the same line of the ancient German art, using the same techniques. They consider it as their responsibility to preserve the age old tradition and quality of the products. The designer department of Zoeller & Born can boast of highly accomplished designers and artists. They are on constant efforts to produce new stein designs and molds.… read more

Beer Steins 2015 Sep 29

Beer has been the most popular beverage in Germany for centuries. So the beer steins are an integral part of the German social life. ‘Beer stein’ is the name given to any beer drinking vessel now. But the name has originated from the word ‘stein’ meaning ‘stone’. So the original beer steins were stone ware.

Before the stone ware was evolved in 1400s, the affluent class used silver or pewter tankards. The people of lesser financial status used earthen ware or wooden mugs. Both these beer-drinking vessels could not be used for long, as the earthen ware was easily breakable and the wooden mugs were highly unhygienic, due to the smell.… read more

Seguso Viro Glass Art work 2015 Sep 25

The history of Murano glass art goes back to 13th century when the whole glass blowing industry was shifted to the Island of Murano in 1291. The history of the Seguso Viro glass art begins one century later in 1397. This makes the furnace one of the oldest in Murano and hence its authenticity is unrivalled. … read more

Nuova Biemmeci 2015 Sep 25

Existing Murano glass furnaces are very few in number. One may have a reasonable doubt if the art is slowly getting extinct. But once in a while one is pleasantly surprised when a new furnace takes shape and gets into business.

When in 1984, the master glass blower Alberto Mattiello decided to establish a furnace of his own, it denoted a revival of the ancient glass art of Murano. Alberto was interested in the art at a very small age. He started working on glass when he was just eleven years old.

He started the glass blowing work in 1984 with the name Vetreria Artistica Biemmeci. The glass objects produced in the company was characterized by their lightness and exquisite designs. Mattiello was successful in combining the antique tradition of Murano glass works with modern designs and ideas.… read more

Vetreria Artistica Galliano Ferro 2015 Sep 22

Veteria Artistica Galliano Ferro is a furnace that produces mostly light fixtures and lighting accessories. The establishment was founded by Giorgio Iron in 1955. They produce the glass objects in the same old Murano tradition. The produces are blown individually by master craftsmen who are trained in the original Murano tradition. The specialty of these glass objects is that they are hand crafted without using molds.

This accounts for their unique and perfect shapes. Each piece is blown and shaped with utmost care. This method renders the articles a unique elegance and perfection. These artisans take extreme care to use the same kind of furnaces and tools that were used centuries ago by the master craftsmen of Murano.

 

In 1972 Galliano Ferro took over the business and followed the footsteps of his father in glass making. He had been working in the furnace as a designer during his father’s time. But when he took over from his father, he concentrated on the production of light fixtures that combined the old traditional style with modern designs. He created a number of very original designs that earned him name and fame all over the world.… read more

 

 

Collectors’’ Tips to Buy Murano Glass 2015 Sep 14

Murano glass items are collector’s favorites. But only authentic items are prized in a collection. So as a collector you will do well if you are able to collect authentic murano items. This is particularly significant because the market is flooded with cheap, mass produced counterfeit murano articles made in China or Brazil.
The first thing you have to bear in mind is that murano glass is that wonderfully brilliant glass articles produced in the Island of Murano using traditional techniques of glass blowing. There is a difference between ‘Murano Glass’ and Murano-style Glass’. The latter is an imitation article produced elsewhere, but not in Murano.
Expert collectors are of opinion that even if there are many methods to distinguish the authentic murano products, the best way is to invest considerable time going about seeing and handling the murano articles and you will be able to recognize them instinctively. However the following tips will help the beginners. … read more

Effe Vetrerai Artistica di Furlan 2015 Sep 09

The artistic glassware Effe is the brain child of Walter Furlan who is one of the master glass craftsmen who have lived and worked in the glass Island of Murano. He has learned the art of taming the extremely difficult medium called glass to produce incredibly beautiful and artistic glass pieces.

At a very young age he started his work with glass. He started his career with great glass maestros of 50s and 60s. With them he learned the art of blowing, shaping and designing glass articles. His commitment and dedication to the age-old art soon made him a master in crafting delicate and very elaborately designed chandeliers. In short he was considered to be the ‘first master of chandeliers.… read more

Dino Rosin Arte Studio 2015 Aug 31

The maestro of modern Calcedonia Art Dino Rosin was born in Venice on May 30th 1948. The child was destined to continue the tradition of the great Murano glass art. So, when he was just two months old, the family shifted to Murano, the glass blowing capital of the world.

The boy Dino left school for good, when he was 12 years old to follow his interest. At first he joined the then famous glass blowing furnace of Barovier and Toso as an apprentice. Then in 1963 he left the furnace to join his brothers Loredano and Mirko. There he learned his basic lessons in Calcedonia work.… read more

Murano Glass Techniques 2015 Aug 25

Murano art glass is something made in the Island of Murano using the unique techniques developed by the indigenous Murano artisans. The history of the Murano glasses begin from the latter half of the 13th century when the glass workers and their extremely hot work shops were shifted wholesale to the Island of Murano, for fear of fire accidents in the Venetian cities.… read more

 

Making of the Murano Glass 2015 Aug 17

Murano Island in Venice is the glass capital of the world. The glass art that has originated on the Island of Murano is inimitable. You can make glass articles in the Murano style but it does not become Murano glass. The technique of this is the special heritage of this island and they jealously guarded the secret through centuries. Even if, by the 18th century some of the techniques were leaked out by mercenaries, the original techniques of the art are still intact with the Muranese.… read more

Murano Glass – How It came to be Made 2015 Aug 12

 

When we go down the history lane of the Venetian glass making, we see its recorded origin sometime during the 8th century. As years went by, Venice became an important trade center in the Mediterranean area. They had trade relationships with many countries and glass making was already advanced in some of the Arabian and North African countries along the Mediterranean coast, especially Constantinople.… read more

THE WYLD at the Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin 2015 Jul 14

The Wyld is the latest mega show in Berlin. This summer if you happen to be at the Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin, you are sure to be transported to a bizarre but fantastic world peopled with all sorts of life. The show is described as a love letter to Berlin. All sorts of life forms - including aliens and ancient celebrities like Nefertiti - walk the magnificent stage loving the wonderful city of Berlin.… read more

Festa de Noantri 2015 Jul 14

Festa de Noantri is a beautiful folk festival which has deep religious undertones. It has a fascinating legend attached to it. This festival is about parading a statue of Mother Mary along the numerous streets of Trastevere, a district across the River Tiber and an 8-day festival thereafter.… read more

 

Carcassonne Festival 2015 Jul 14

 

Carcassonne festival is a multi pronged festival in which almost all forms of performing art is showcased. It is one of the most important summer festivals in France. The music and theatre festival is characterized by the performance of all the big stars of the field.… read more

Berlin Fashion Week 2015 Jul 14

Berlin fashion week is a fashion event that takes place twice in a year. The winter event takes place in January and the summer event takes place in July. This is the meeting place of the icons of the fashion world. For an entire week Berlin becomes the focus of the fashion world. The first Berlin fashion week was conducted in July 2007. This event takes place in front of Brandenburg Gate.… read more

Venice’s Festa del Redentore 2015 Jul 06

Festa del Redentore is a festival which is a lot more significant than just a celebration as far as the venetians are concerned. It is a festival with deep religious implications. The festival has a deep rooted emotional significance as well, since this is a festival commemorating the end of the black plague that almost annihilated Venice. It carries great cultural importance also.… read more

Thurn and Taxis Palace Festival – Regensburg 2015 Jul 06

Thurn and Taxis Palace Festival is an important summer event in Regensburg – Germany. This takes place in an ancient palace which was built between 11th and 14th centuries as the cloister of St. Emmaram. Afterwards, it was converted to the residence of the famous aristocratic family of Thurn and Taxis. This family was responsible for bringing large- scale postal service to Europe. So they were and are still revered in the region.… read more

Pink Night at Rimini 2015 Jul 06

Rimini is a fabulous tourist spot frequented by tourists from all over the world, especially during the summer months. This is a coastal city which lies along the Adriatic coast in Emilia Romagna. This 110 kilometer coastal area is famous for its fine beaches.… read more

Kaltenberg Knight’s Tournament – Bavaria 2015 Jul 06

European Middle ages captivate the imagination of people all over the world with its characteristic mystery, valour, heroism, chivalry and similar qualities which are almost extinct or considered to be irrelevant in the present age of advanced technology. But all of us would like to step back in time to enjoy the wonderful and lively times of the medieval ages.… read more

Cinéma en Plein Air à la Villette 2015 Jul 06

Cinéma en Plein Air à la Villette or the open air cinema at the Park la Villette is a summer cinema festival in Paris. This is a month long event in which good films, chosen from a number of countries all over the world will be screened in an open air venue, which is in a picturesque park in Paris. It is the third largest park in Paris. … read more

Palio di Siena 2015 Jun 30

Palio di Siena is a horse racing event; but it is no ordinary horse racing contest. It is the expression of extreme competition between the 17 Contrade of Siena. The citizens of Siena carry the excitement of the event throughout the year and wait for the realization of their excitement twice a year – on July 2nd and August 16th.… read more

Quintana di Ascoli Piceno 2015 Jun 30

This is a magnificent Italian cultural event that helps its citizens to declare their attachment to their history and culture. This festival takes place in the beautiful medieval city of Ascoli. The Quintana di Ascoli Piceno takes the participants and the visitors back to the medieval ages. This actually is a re-enactment of some medieval cultural customs and events.… read more

Munich Opera Festival 2015 Jun 30

Munich opera festival is one of the most celebrated German opera festivals that are strewn over the summer months. Munich opera festival is the most popular among them it is a 140 year old festival that celebrate German opera performances. It is conducted yearly in the Bavarian capital at the end of June or the beginning of July. There are two more opera festivals that usually precede the Munich opera festival - festivals of Bayreuth and Salzburg. … read more

Bayreuth Opera Festival – Germany 2015 Jun 30

Bayreuth opera festival is the oldest of summer festivals in Germany. This is a festival that was conceived by the greatest composer of all times, Richard Wagner, to promote his works and to tide over his financial crisis. At this time he had broken away from his then patron King Ludwig II. He was exiled from Munich for this reason and decided to find another scene of action for himself.… read more

Aurillac street theatre festival 2015 Jun 30

Aurillac street theatre festival is a four-day festival which forms an exclusive platform for the street performers. During the third week of August every year, this festival is hosted by the small and rather unsophisticated town of Aurillac. The performances are put up by professional companies as well as amateurs. Besides these, whoever is talented in the street theatre, find a stage in this festival.… read more

Les Vieilles Charrues Festival – France 2015 Jun 22

Les Vieilles Charrues Festival is the largest music festival in France. This popular music extravaganza started in 1992. This was the brain child of a group of merrymaking youngsters who wanted to have a good time, singing, having a few drinks and generally entertaining themselves and others around them. But the merriment of the event caught the fancy of every music lover in the area and by the next year, it was well on the way of becoming a big musical event.… read more

Festival du Film de Lama – Corsica 2015 Jun 22

This is a film festival that is initiated by a group of villagers who are passionate about films and film making. This wonderful celebration took shape in the beautiful mountain village of Lama in Balagne in upper Corsica. The organizers called themselves the Association of Lama Film Festival. They started the event to promote the rurality in film industry.… read more

Independence Day 2015 Jun 22

July 4th is the day on which the democratic America took shape. It was on this day in 1776 the diction of the Declaration of Independence was finalized by the Continental Congress and signed. It was then America broke completely away from the British Jurisdiction. … read more

Long Night of Museums – Berlin 2015 Jun 18

Visiting museums is always extremely fulfilling because a lot of historical, cultural and artistic knowledge can be gleaned from the visit. You can have a close observation of a countries cultural, social and technical background by visiting its museums. But visiting museums in the night will yield a unique experience. The Long night of museums, Berlin is an extraordinary nocturnal event that is organized in Berlin at the end of September. … read more

La Macchina di Santa Rosa – Viterbo’s Tribute to Their Patron Saint 2015 Jun 18

La Macchina di Santa Rosa is a festival that takes place on the 3rd of September every year in the city of Viterbo, Italy. This is a spectacular procession carrying a 30 meter high brightly lit tower with Santa Rosa’s miniature statue at its zenith. The course of the procession is the winding road of the town of Viterbo, which is more than 1 kilometer in length. The celebration has two events.… read more

Festival Mediaval – Europe’s Biggest Medieval Music Extravaganza 2015 Jun 18

The Festival mediaval is a music festival that gathers all the renowned musicians of the world to Selb, Baveria, Germany. This is an extremely populous and popular music festival in which a large number of musical genres are performed. This music festival was conducted for the first time 8 years ago in 2008. Then the motto was “crossing boarders – combine opposites – accentuate”. Then it was a three day event conducted in a venue at the German-Czech boarder. … read more

Bravio delle Botti – A Fascinating Event 2015 Jun 18

Bravio delle Botti – A Fascinating Event

Italians are always in a festive mood during the summer. Almost all the Italian summer events are famous for their spectacular nature and traditional splendor. If you are interested in witnessing the intriguing Italian event, Bravio delle botti, you’d better visit the Montepulciano, a small but enticing town in the Tuscan province of Siena . . .… read more

Venetian Masks 2015 Jun 18

Venetian Masks

Venice is the venue for the world famous carnival and the Venetian masks are the much celebrated component of the carnival. The masks are made by the world renowned maskers who have inherited the techniques and expertise from their ancestors. The age-old art is preserved with its entire splendor by the present day maestros . . .… read more

The Palio del Niballo 2015 Jun 03

Summer in Italy is pleasantly warm and suitable for festivity. So this is the season for many colorful festivals in Italy. Italians turn out in large numbers to enjoy the warm weather and enjoy yearly events. The Palio del Niballo is a very colorful event that transports one back to the fabulously colorful medieval era. This is the reiteration of an ancient event that marked a war-like age and sport-enthusiastic community. Everything that characterized the medieval period will be replicated in this festival. The whole tournament area will be resplendent with knights, drummers and trumpeters dressed in medieval costumes and a cheering crowd with their respective ward’s flags.… read more

Luminara and Regatta of San Ranieri 2015 Jun 03

Luminara or illumination and the race conducted in the name of the patron saint of Pisa are two wonderful summer events in Tuscany, Italy. The Luminara is conducted on the night of June 16 and the race of San Ranieri is conducted on June 17th in the afternoon. The luminara is actually a candlelight festival that illuminates both the banks of the river Arno. Thousands of candles lighted on every architectural contour of palaces and other antique buildings produce an ethereal experience.… read more

Les Chorégies d'Orange 2015 Jun 03

Les Chorégies d'Orange is a unique summer event of France. This event is special because of its magnificent and historical venue. This is a musical festival that takes place in every summer in the fabulous roman theatre, Théâtre antique d'Orange.… read more

Kieler Woche, Kiel 2015 Jun 03

This world famous summer event in Germany is the biggest sailing event in the world. The 133rd Kieler Woche is celebrated from 20th to 28th June 2015. This week-long sailing event is celebrated with diverse programmes. This week is also marked by the biggest open-air musical concerts and other performances. Even the children are included in the festivities with their own cultural events and games, conducted in the special park set apart for them.… read more

Elbjazz Festival 2015 Jun 03

Elbjazz festival is a grand jazz festival and an exciting summer event conducted during the last week of May, every year, on the River Elb. This is an open air event which is conducted in and around the Port of Hamburg. The festival presents 50+ concerts that are conducted without formally set stages. This facilitates maximum enjoyment of the event. The spectators and jazz buffs can witness the event in the most informal way.… read more

Bastille Day Festivities in France 2015 Jun 03

Bastille Day is actually France’s national day. It is celebrated with great pomp and show on the 14th of July every year. This celebration commemorates the most important event in the whole history of France. Back in 1789, on this very day the commoners of France declared their intention to fight against the atrocities they had been suffering for ages. They stormed the prisons of Bastille and freed the prisoners. The ensuing bloodshed was inevitable but there began a movement. It was the first awakening of the democratic spirit in France.… read more

Significance of Fathers Day 2015 Jun 03

Children honoring parents is an age old tradition. Later various people were of opinion that instead of honoring both the parents at the same time, each of them deserves to be honored separately. So Anna Jarvis decided to celebrate Mothers Day in May, 1908 and promoted it. When a mining tragedy happened in Monongha, West Virginia, two months later, killing a number of fathers, Grace Golden Clayton, a mourning daughter, was determined to have a special day for her father and many other fathers who work hard for their families.… read more

Paris Jazz Festival 2015 May 18

 

 

The jazz is the kind of music that fills your whole being with exhilaration. Your mood sores, whichever age group you belong to. Paris, France will provide you with the high s
pirits that only jazz can give you during two months in a year. June and July are the months that blend the madness of jazz with the warm summer weather. When this happens with the glorious nature as the backdrop, the enjoyment reaches its crescendo. This is the true effect of the
Paris Jazz festival on you.

When you know the history of the event, you will be more incredulous. This wonderful event, which keeps the jazz fans of the world counting the days … read more

Chocolate Days Festival 2015 May 18

Summer is a time for travel. If you are looking for a not-so-busy tourist destination, try Bayonne, France. May is the best time to visit this wonderful city situated in southwestern France. This city is often nicknamed as the chocolate capital of France. The reason for this is that most of the chocolate factories of France are located here. The Chocolate days festival is a two-day delicious festivity in the city. These two days at the beginning of summer is dedicated to chocolate fans.… read more

Berlin Carnival of Cultures 2015 May 15

Berlin, Germany accommodates a heterogeneous community. It contains thousands of emigrants from about 180 countries. So the people belong to many assorted ethnic groups, cultures and practices. So in Kreuzberg, Berlin, every year an exuberant carnival of cultures is conducted to instill the spirit of unity in its social diversity. This colorful pageant is conducted every year over the Whitsun week end… read more

 

Rhine in Flames 2015 May 14

Rhine in Flames -the name of the festival itself makes it highly intriguing. This is the most popular fireworks fiesta that attracts millions of visitors to Germany during summer. This festival is celebrated at five locations, from June to September, in various cities and towns along Rhine valley. These five sites are BonnRüdesheimKoblenz, Oberwesel, and St Goar. The fireworks and light-shows make this festival extremely colorful and hence exciting… read more

 

The Year-round Variety Festivals of Limoges 2015 May 05

Limoges is a place that offers great festivities and merrymaking to both its citizens as well as visitors. There is always one festival or the other happening in and around Limoges. The Limoges events are very lively and incorporate even the foreign performances together with its own characteristic ones. As a result, there are festivals like Czech days and Latin American days.

The annual fair of Limoges is one of the most special Limoges event which concentrates on showcasing Limoges culture. There are exhibitions organized in various parts of the city. These exhibitions are always conducted according to a theme, which is decided for that … read more

The Year-round Variety Festivals of Limoges

Limoges Porcelain as Excellent Gift Items and Worthy Collectibles 2015 May 05

Limoges Porcelain as Excellent Gift Items and Worthy CollectiblesThe discovery of kaolin clay and feldspar in 1768 at St. Yrieix near Limoges France was an important turning point in the Limoges porcelain history. This wonderful white clay was recognized as the most important component in ceramic and porcelain making.

In 1771 Limoges started producing porcelain in considerable quantities using wood burning kilns. In 1774 the industry attracted the attention of the Marquis d’Artois and he decided to support the industry. Many other aristocrats supported the Limoges porcelain industry. … read more

 

 

The Current and Upcoming Events in Italy 2015 Apr 30

From March to October, it is show time in Italy. It is during this time all the important cultural and social events are scheduled every year. The Universal Exhibition hosted by Milan is the main event. This exhibition in which numerous countries in the world take part is an event with a mission every year a theme is selected and different aspects of this theme is developed by all the participating countries.

Milan Expo - 2015

The Milano Expo 2015 is scheduled from 1st May to 31st October. The theme of expo 2015 is “Feeding the Planet. Energy for life”. The participating countries are expected to examine the issue from various angles and develop sustainable solutions for them. This currently much relevant theme is to be looked at from economic, scientific, cultural and social … read more

Milano EXPO -2015

The Social and Cultural Life in Contemporary Murano 2015 Apr 30

The heavenly island of Murano lies in the Venetian Lagoon, in the north of Venice. It is closely connected with the capital island, both physically and historically. As the history says, the glass workers of Murano had come from Venice in the 13th century. They were shifted wholesale to this island to avoid the hazards posed by their extremely hot glass furnaces.

Here, they were given special status and privileges and they and their profession flourished to such an extent that Murano became the glass capital of the world. It was their staple source of income for centuries. Glass industry is still a source of income to Muranese but … read more

The Social and Cultural Life in Contemporary Murano

Earth Day and the Environmental Awareness Promoted by It 2015 Apr 24

Earth Day is perhaps the most relevant global celebration, with respect to the future of the planet. The observance of this day is the need of the hour, as the whole world should be striving hard to erase the adverse effects man has imposed on the globe. The situation of the planet’s health has deteriorated so much that it becomes the duty of every human being to do something about it. A community activism on the matter is the only remedy now. … read more

Earth Day

Exquisite Sorrento Music Boxes 2015 Apr 16

The Sorrento music boxes are created using the expertise acquired from the artistic temperament of generations. The unique techniques of this wonderful wood craft are passed on from generations to generations, each generation honing the art with their own ideas and innovations. Now it has become an art par excellence. The craft calls for a high degree of handicraft skills and exquisite imagination.

Sorrento Music Boxes
The woods used for this art are special. They are hard wood which can be easily shaped and exhibits a grand show of wonderful grain formations and burls. Maple, burl elm and rose wood are the most popular among them. The specialty of these woods is that the coloration and grains and burls of these woods form beautiful natural designs. … read more

 

Mother’s Day – How It is Celebrated All over the World 2015 Apr 16

Celebrating motherhood and womanhood is a custom which was observed by people of the world from an early date in the history of mankind. Honoring mothers for the unconditional love they bestow upon their children is something worth appreciating. Mother’s Day is set apart for this, all over the modern world now.

Mother’s DayThe ancient Greek and Roman Mother’s Day were celebrated as spring festivals, in which they made offerings to maternal Goddesses. From 1600s a special day called "Mothering Sunday" was celebrated in UK. It was set on the 4th Sunday of the Lent and services were conducted in the honor of Virgin Mary. After the church service, the children used to present their mothers with gifts and flowers. In the east, the custom of celebration of motherhood with a special day started several centuries ago. … read more

 

German Beer Steins as Superb Gift Items 2015 Apr 10

German beer steins have become more of a collectible item than a functional one now. People collect them as souvenirs and tokens. That is why it is a perfect gift item. You can present the beer steins to commemorate a journey together or take them as mementoes or souvenirs after a memorable journey to gift your friends or relatives.

The German beer steins have all sorts of images on them there are historical images, images of ancient cultures, day-to-day life etc. If you have a friend, who is a religious person, naturally you will want to present him or her with a German beer stein with a religious image. … read more

German Beer Steins as Superb Gift Items

Making of Beer Steins and the Evolution of the Embellishments on Them 2015 Apr 10

Since the 14th century, the German beer steins have undergone a number of changes in their shapes, designs and the crafting materials. In the 14th century the beer drinking vessels were made of wood, earthen ware, silver and pewter. The silver and pewter mugs were expensive and could be afforded only by the affluent. The wooden and earthen beer mugs were used by the poor. They did not have lids.

The bubonic plague that struck Europe from 1340 to 1380 brought in an important change to the beer mugs. In 1500 a law was passed in Germany that all the food containers including the beer mugs should have lids. Thus the lidded beer steins came into existence. Most of them had a dome shaped lid fitted with a thumb lever. … read more

Making of Beer Steins

 

Easter and Passover celebration in USA ad around the world 2015 Apr 03

Easter is a Christian festival while Passover is a Jewish celebration. However, there are a lot of similarities in the idea behind these celebrations. Both the celebrations commemorate deliverance. The Jews celebrate the liberation of the Israelites from slavery imposed upon them by the Pharaoh. But the Christians celebrate Easter to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in order to deliver humanity from sins. Both festivals celebrate hope and it is only appropriate that these celebrations come in the beginning of the spring season.

The date of Easter is set on the first Sunday after the full moon following Vernal Equinox. The Jewish festival of Passover starts on the 15th of Nissan, a Hebrew month. However, these two festivals mostly coincide with each other. … read more

Easter and Passover celebration in USA ad around the world 2015 Apr 03

Easter is a Christian festival while Passover is a Jewish celebration. However, there are a lot of similarities in the idea behind these celebrations. Both the celebrations commemorate deliverance. The Jews celebrate the liberation of the Israelites from slavery imposed upon them by the Pharaoh. But the Christians celebrate Easter to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in order to deliver humanity from sins. Both festivals celebrate hope and it is only appropriate that these celebrations come in the beginning of the spring season.

The date of Easter is set on the first Sunday after the full moon following Vernal Equinox. The Jewish festival of Passover starts on the 15th of Nissan, a Hebrew month. However, these two festivals mostly coincide with each other. … read more

Easter and Passover celebration in USA ad around the world 2015 Apr 03

Easter is a Christian festival while Passover is a Jewish celebration. However, there are a lot of similarities in the idea behind these celebrations. Both the celebrations commemorate deliverance. The Jews celebrate the liberation of the Israelites from slavery imposed upon them by the Pharaoh. But the Christians celebrate Easter to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in order to deliver humanity from sins. Both festivals celebrate hope and it is only appropriate that these celebrations come in the beginning of the spring season.

The date of Easter is set on the first Sunday after the full moon following Vernal Equinox. The Jewish festival of Passover starts on the 15th of Nissan, a Hebrew month. However, these two festivals mostly coincide with each other. … read more

Easter and Passover celebration in USA ad around the world 2015 Apr 03

Easter is a Christian festival while Passover is a Jewish celebration. However, there are a lot of similarities in the idea behind these celebrations. Both the celebrations commemorate deliverance. The Jews celebrate the liberation of the Israelites from slavery imposed upon them by the Pharaoh. But the Christians celebrate Easter to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in order to deliver humanity from sins. Both festivals celebrate hope and it is only appropriate that these celebrations come in the beginning of the spring season.

The date of Easter is set on the first Sunday after the full moon following Vernal Equinox. The Jewish festival of Passover starts on the 15th of Nissan, a Hebrew month. However, these two festivals mostly coincide with each other. … read more

Easter and Passover celebration in USA ad around the world 2015 Apr 03

Easter is a Christian festival while Passover is a Jewish celebration. However, there are a lot of similarities in the idea behind these celebrations. Both the celebrations commemorate deliverance. The Jews celebrate the liberation of the Israelites from slavery imposed upon them by the Pharaoh. But the Christians celebrate Easter to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in order to deliver humanity from sins. Both festivals celebrate hope and it is only appropriate that these celebrations come in the beginning of the spring season.

The date of Easter is set on the first Sunday after the full moon following Vernal Equinox. The Jewish festival of Passover starts on the 15th of Nissan, a Hebrew month. However, these two festivals mostly coincide with each other. … read more

Easter and Passover celebration in USA ad around the world 2015 Apr 03

Easter is a Christian festival while Passover is a Jewish celebration. However, there are a lot of similarities in the idea behind these celebrations. Both the celebrations commemorate deliverance. The Jews celebrate the liberation of the Israelites from slavery imposed upon them by the Pharaoh. But the Christians celebrate Easter to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in order to deliver humanity from sins. Both festivals celebrate hope and it is only appropriate that these celebrations come in the beginning of the spring season.

The date of Easter is set on the first Sunday after the full moon following Vernal Equinox. The Jewish festival of Passover starts on the 15th of Nissan, a Hebrew month. However, these two festivals mostly coincide with each other. … read more

History of Limoges France 2015 Mar 26

Limoges is the administrative capital of the Limousin area, West-central France. It is also the capital of Haute-Vienne department. The history of Limoges is almost 2000 years old. The excavated evidence points towards a Gaulish settlement before the actual city was created in the 10th century B.C.

In the 10th century B.C the Roman emperor Augustus is said to have founded the city along the typical Roman fashion. The city had a Roman square, which is at the crossing point of two two main roads. It had, in those days, all the Roman establishments like … read more

History of Limoges France

Beer Steins and German Culture 2015 Mar 25

Beer is the common man’s drink in Germany. It is considered to be the national beverage of Germany. So the Germans are attached to beer at all levels of their being – physical, emotional and sentimental. Beer is consumed in Germany with such an ardor that it becomes an obsession with the Germans.

Germans take great pride in recounting their centuries-old beer history and the fabulous tradition associated with it. As a result, they will not bear with any kind of tampering with the production or selling of this popular drink. … read more

Beer Steins and German Culture

Sorrento Music Boxes - Excellent Gift items and Collectibles 2015 Mar 25

The art and architecture of Sorrento are greatly influenced by the great cultures that had occupied the city during the ancient times. The ancient masters of Greece, Rome and Byzantium have left their influence on the Sorrentine arts. The Sorrento music boxes are the best examples for this. The masterful handling of wood is very much evident in the creation of these inlaid boxes.  

These boxes make excellent gifts for any occasion. They come in different shapes and with a variety of inlays. There is a suitable inlay for every occasion and for people … read more

Sorrento Music Boxes

 

The History of Limoges Porcelain 2015 Mar 18

It was Marco Polo who had popularized the white ceramics called porcelain after his much celebrated travel to China. In the ancient times, the secret of top quality porcelain making rested solely with China. So importing from China was the only way to get the porcelain items till the 17th century. … read more

 Limoges porcelain industry

German Beer Steins through the Ages 2015 Mar 18

German beer steinsThe ordinary beer mugs turned into beer-drinking vessels called beer steins from the 14th century after the holocaust caused by the bubonic plague from 1340 to 1380. It was found that the main cause of this large scale annihilation of human life was unhygienic conditions prevailed in Europe at that time.

Soon after the plague, a hoard of small flies plagued central Europe. So by the year 1500 a law was passed in Germany that all the food containers should have lids. So the beer mugs also acquired lids fitted with a thumb flick or easy opening of the container. This was the origin of the German beer steins. … read more

Captivating Events and Festivals of Sorrento 2015 Mar 12

The events and festivals celebrated by the people of Sorrento are even more spectacular than their colorful history and culture. They have different festivals and dance and music concerts all the year round. … read more

Ravello Festival in Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento and its Fantastic Cultural Amalgam 2015 Mar 12

The history of Sorrento is spectacular with a number of occupations and invasions. All these invaders had left their marks on the place and its culture. So the culture of Sorrento is unique because of the fact that it is the combination of a plethora of cultures. It is an incredible fusion of fact and fiction. The mythology says the peninsula was bestowed by the sirens upon Ulysses and his son. The only Siren temple in the world is said to have situated … read more

Siren temple in Sorrento, Italy

The Fascinating Facts in the Sorrento History 2015 Mar 10

Sorrento, Italy is a beautiful city draped over a mountain facing the bay of Naples. The history of Sorrento is somewhat obscure because its origin is somewhere in the distant past. The historian Diodoro Siculo claims that the city was founded by Liparos, son of Ulysses and Circe, the witch. So now it has acquired the quality of a fascinating myth. According to this view this city in those days worshiped the Sirens and even now the only temple of Sirens is situated in this city.

It is even said that the name of the city is derived from the word "Sirentum" meaning "Land of Sirens". However, there is another view that the name of the city is derived from the word "Surreo" meaning "to flow together". This idea is inspired by the presence of several rivers in the city flowing to join the same sea, the Tyrrhenian Sea. … read more

Sorrento History, Italy

What Makes Murano Glass Articles the Favorite of the World? 2015 Mar 05

The unique Murano Glass articles are much celebrated the world over as collectibles and gift items. The centuries of traditional expertise honed with the contemporary design ideas makes the Murano glass articles world’s finest pieces of art.

Murano Glass sculptures

The Murano artisans are skilled in making all kinds of sculptures. Their sculptures often bring miniature world on to your tables and show cases. All the aspects of life are replicated by these superlative workmen with mind-boggling clarity of the minutest details. … read more

Murano Glass Gifts

Events in the Island of Murano 2015 Mar 05

Art glass sculpture in MuranoThe island of Murano is famed for its legendary glass works. So any important event on the island is linked inevitably with glass works. The Murano glass blowing art gained momentum in the 13th century when the glass works were shifted to the island of Murano to prevent the likelihood of fire accidents on the main island of Venice.

Murano lies in the Adriatic Sea, north of Venice, sufficiently far away from the mainland. Here the glass artisans were kept in complete isolation from the rest … read more

The Murano Island Culture 2015 Mar 05

Murano is a group of seven small islands in the Adriatic Sea, north of Venice. It is divided from the main land of Venice by a wide lagoon. These islands were occupied by the Romans as early as 5th century. That is when the cultural back ground of the island is set. After the Romans many other groups came to occupy the island. The most important of them were the Camaldolese monks who came to inhabit the island in the 11th century. … read more

The Murano Island Culture

 

Murano Island through the Age 2015 Mar 05

Murano is a group of seven small islands separated by eight lagoons. It is in the Adriatic Sea in the northern side of Venice. These islands are recorded to have been Roman settlements in the 5th century. In the following century it was occupied by inhabitants from Altinum and Orderzo.

The History of Murano says that the island served as a fishing port in the ancient times and its economy depended mainly on fishing and salt production. Later it became a center of trade. The island prospered until 11th century. During the 11th century the islanders began to shift to Dorsoduro, one of the six sestiere (district) of Venice. … read more

Murano Island, Italy

The Land of Magnificent Mountains and Valleys 2015 Feb 27

Sorento, ItalyAs you possibly remember, our original Company of music boxes named Amazing music box was established in 2001.

Since then, we have been to Sorrento several times to make the best possible selection of the music boxes for you, our customers!

When we first planned an Italian tour to check upon the famous Sorrento music boxes, travel agents suggested a package containing, Naples, Sorrento and Amalfi coast. These much visited tourist spots lie along the southern coast of Italy. First we landed in Naples and from there we decided to take the circumvesuvian rail line so that we could enjoy the scenic beauty of the Mediterranean … read more

Limoges - the City of Enamels and Porcelain 2015 Feb 25

It was in 2008 that we decided to include the Limoges boxes, the world renowned collectibles, to our online store of Luxury European gift collection. But before recommending the boxes to our clients, we wanted to see the place where they are made, so that, we would get inspired by the origin and history of these wonderful artifacts.

Limoges is the capital of Haute-Vienna department and the administrative capital of the Limousine region of West-Central France. This is not a favorite haunt of tourists. But it would be wrong to decide that the place is devoid of anything interesting. On the contrary, there are a number of cathedrals built in the Gothic style. … read more

Limoges – the City of Enamels and PorcelainLIMOGES BOXES - FROG W/CROWN

The Matchless Murano Art Glass 2015 Feb 24

Murano art glass is renowned for its unique manufacturing techniques. These techniques were once the monopoly of the traditional artisans of Murano Island. Murano is a group of islands in the Adriatic Sea, north of Venice.

The Murano Island has gone through quite a number of dramatic phases throughout its history. The once quite unassuming group of islands, which used to be a fishing harbor and trade center, suddenly transformed into a busy and affluent place by the coming of the glass making guild onto the island in 1291. … read more 

The Matchless Murano Art Glass

What Attracts Millions to Venice and the Magnificent Murano Glass Articles? 2015 Feb 18

Almost 10 years ago, when we decided to add Murano Glass to our business portfolio, we thought would be a good idea to see what exactly we would like to offer to our clients’ base, so we decided to visit Murano Island, Italy. When we landed at the Marco Polo International Airport, the scenes that awaited us were simply breathtaking. The beautiful weather and the city comfortably relaxing in soft sunlight was a sight to see. After the airport formalities we procured a guide for us and started our exploration of Venice. … read more

Oktoberfest and Beer Steins 2015 Feb 16

In 1810 the crown prince Ludwig got married to Princess Therese of Saxe - Hildburghausen. To honor the couple a large festival was organized and the citizens of Munich took part in the merriment accompanying the royal wedding.

Horse races were conducted in the honor of the royal couple and there was general merriment for many days. The next year also the horse race was conducted and then on it became a custom and thus originated the Oktoberfest which proceeded to become the largest Volksfest or "People’s Fair". … read more

Oktoberfest, Germany

 

Venetian Mirrors - Art, Tradition, History and Decor Objects 2015 Feb 16

Venetian MirrorsVenetian mirrors are the unique masterpieces of art crafted by the experienced traditional artisans of the Murano Island in Venice. Murano glass and its manufacture have always held the world in awe with the inimitable techniques used by its craftsmen. The clarity of the glass and its complex coloring methods gave Murano glass objects a place of their own.

Murano glass mirrors, also known as Venetian mirrors, are yet another marvel produced by the same set of traditional artists. This art originated in Murano Island in the 15th century and thereafter, till date, has been considered to be a mysteriously perfect craft. … read more

 

What Makes a Music Box a Perfect Valentine's Day gift? 2015 Feb 16

Romantic love thrives on music. Music and musical instruments are much linked with love and lovers. Knowing this fact we have created a number of suitably designed music boxes that are simply adored by lovers. If you are searching for a suitable Valentine’s Day gift idea, have a look at our collection. They are of a wide range and capable of satisfying the most … read more

Limoges Porcelain Boxes to Declare your Love in Style 2015 Feb 16

The Limoges boxes that carry with them the immense charm of centuries old tradition can be an equally charming gift for someone you love dearly. These small trinket boxes, which are as functional as they are appealing, are available in a variety of colors and features.

In spite of the modernity that have invaded the crafting of these porcelain boxes, the traditional ones still remain on top with their unequalled beauty and elegance. This February, your valentine will be very happy to get one of these as a gift. If you can select a suitable trinket with it, the recipient will be all the more happy. … read more

 

Etageres as Storage and Home Decor 2015 Feb 06

Etagere furniture was first introduced in France towards the end of 18th century. By 19th century it became rapidly popular. They are a set of shelves which are used to place small objects. Such a piece of furniture is also called "what not". As the name indicates it can be used to keep any small thing anywhere.

The specialty of etageres is that they can be accommodated in any space. Their shapes vary greatly. You can find very cute round ones and square and rectangular ones. The most utilitarian ones are the corner étagère. This helps you to utilize the corner in … read more

Walking Canes - History - Functionality and Fashion Apparel Items 2015 Feb 05

Walking canes were used by men from the middle of the seventeenth century. That is when the age of swords ended and it would seem that the male ego refused to be satisfied without a weapon or rod of authority in his hand. Whatever be the case, history points out that the walking sticks came to be popular by 17th century and were considered to be an apparel accessory used by men of consequence.

Even if the accessory is called walking cane, it is often made of wood. The Malaccan cane with ivory handle was the pioneer of the modern walking canes. By 1700 these canes assumed an importance and presence that endorsed their owners … read more

History and Art of Making Matryoshka - Russian Nesting Dolls 2015 Feb 05

Matryoshkas are Russian nestling dolls. they symbolize the culture and heritage of Russia. They are a set of dolls which are progressively smaller as they go down the series. These dolls fit in the doll which is its next size and all of them fit in together. The art is two centuries old and now the nesting dolls are considered to be special collectors’ items. 

It is a form of folk art which was started by Vasily Zvyozdochkin in 1890. Traditionally the outer nesting doll is a woman dressed in sarafan, a Russian peasant dress. Thereafter the inside dolls can be of any gender and the smallest … read more

History of Beer Steins in Germany 2015 Feb 05

The end of the Black Plague found Europe with lesser population but a huge surplus of grains. These grains were then brewed in large scale and beer became the principal drink. The mugs or tankards used then were made of various materials. The rich people could afford pewter, glass and silver mugs for consuming their liquor while the poor people had to be satisfied with wood and earthen mugs.

Evolution of beer steins with lid

Somewhat large mugs were always used to consume beer. But after the plague, there was a period of a ‘fly-invasion’ in many parts of Europe. People had already found out the importance of hygiene after the bubonic plague. So laws were passed for all the food and … read more

Limoges boxes as Valentine's Day Gifts 2015 Feb 05

These French porcelain trinket boxes which boasts of a magnificent heritage are glorious items to be presented to someone who is held close to your heart. Since Valentine’s Day calls for a gift to your beloved, make this year a special one by gifting him or her with an authentic Limoges porcelain box.

These porcelain boxes are artistic creations which were snuff and tobacco boxes originally, have now turned to be elaborately decorated trinket Limoges boxes. It can be given to a lady-friend to keep her delicate trinkets in or to a man-friend to add to his curio collection … read more

Affirm Your Passion for Your Loved One with Magnificent Murano Glass Gift 2015 Feb 05

Love is the emotion that sustains mankind. When it is of the romantic sort, it is all the more valuable. It is an emotion that is fragile in many respects but extremely solid when felt alike by the two people involved. What will represent such an emotion more than the exotic Murano glass articles and figurines? Impress your partner with a Murano glass gift on the Valentine’s Day this year.

MURANO GLASS HEARTSBirds are aerial creatures that are free and un-obsessed. If you want to impress your lover with your all inclusive love, you should think of presenting him or her with a pair of beautiful Murano glass birds. The two parrots sitting on the crystal clear glass perches striking the most romantic pose, when put together, will warm … read more

Enjoy the Complete Freedom Offered by a Magnificent Venetian Mask 2015 Feb 05

Carnivals are occasions for merrymaking and enjoyment. To be curbed by any kind of restrictions will spoil the fun. This is where a Venetian mask comes in handy. Veiled by the anonymity provided by these masks, you can take advantage of the carnival ambience to the maximum.

There is a plethora of Venetian masks to choose from. You may choose the one that serves your purpose. You can either wear a Venetian full face mask, thus hiding your personality completely or wear a Venetian half-face mask that leaves the on lookers in doubt and confusion as to your identity … read more

Accent tables Their Types and Functions 2015 Feb 02

The first and foremost function of an accent table is decorative. They are used to highlight certain objects or contours of the room. Many of these small tables hold decorative things on display. Some of these side tables are used to brighten up a corner of the room, which is otherwise dull.

A decorative table that holds a colorful flower arrangement or a very ornamental vase or a statue makes the corner interesting. It is important that you take the size of your room into consideration before deciding on the size of the accent table. If the room is small, choose a small and less decorative item. If your room is spacious … read more

Accent Tables for Home Decor 2015 Jan 30

Interior décor works out on a number of principles. The idea often is to make a harmonious and dignified look to the room. The harmony of a room depends mainly on the imaginative use of its space and arrangement of the furniture.

Apart from the main furniture, in a room a few other smaller items are often used in order to lend the room an elegant appearance. Accent tables add to the style of a well-designed interior space … read more

Natural Fiber Rugs for Elegant and Environment-friendly Home Decor 2015 Jan 30

Rugs often form an integral component in interior decoration. They are used to mark out a space as special as well as to regulate temperature underfoot. Sometimes small jute rugs are used as bases for special pieces of furniture. However be they used, they are extremely functional things. Together with fulfilling a decorative purpose, they also serve other purposes.

 

Natural rugs are made of natural fibers like jute and sea grass and polished bamboo panels. All of them have their own special relevance as far as interior décor is concerned … read more

 

Beer History and Beer Steins 2015 Jan 29

Beer – that frothing golden liquid is one of the oldest beverages developed by man. His consumption of this liquor is recorded in history as early as 5th century BC. Since then it has become the most popular beverage the world over.

The oldest existing beer recipe contains very few ingredients such as water, barley and bread. Beer which was produced and consumed on a domestic scale began to be brewed on a large scale and became a commercial product by 7th century AD. By the end of 19th century beer brewing became a full-fledged industry. … read more

Thinking of Surprising Your Sweet Heart on Valentine's Day? Gift her with a Music Jewelry Box 2015 Jan 28

Valentine’s Day is at hand and you will be worrying your head, thinking about the most suitable gift for your beloved. It has to be unique and impressive. It has to be romantic and at the same time useful. How about a music box?

Our music box inlaid with two hearts is just the thing for you. Your sweetheart cannot be but overjoyed by it, especially when she can keep some of her prized jewelry items in it.

Make and Design – This is a fabulous music box, which is handmade in Sorrento, Italy. The workmanship of the box is of the highest order. The white gloss finish with the cream designs lends the box an exquisite charm. The two intertwining hearts with flowers talk volumes about the love you cherish for your … read more

 

 

Limoges boxes A Cute Way of Expressing Your Love 2015 Jan 28

The cute porcelain trinket boxes made of Kaolin clay can speak volumes about your love for the special person in your life. They are exquisite artifacts that are meant for holding trinkets.

Pamper your beloved on this Valentine’s Day with a special Limoges porcelain box. You will get a variety of them in our stores. We have Limoges boxes that suit every taste. Surprise her with one of these exquisite boxes that come in every shape and color … read more

Re-birth of Murano 2014 Sep 17

THE 1920S AND 30S

Italian glassworks collaborated with artists who had trained as painters, sculptors, and architects. The skilled Murano glassmakers were able to interpret their imaginative designs. In the 1920s and 30s , the Venini glassworks was at the forefront of the renaissance of Murano glass with the aid of such leading designers as Carlo Scarpa (1906-78), who introduced many of the innovative decorative techniques that brought the Italian glass international acclaim … read more

MURANO GLASS CHANDELIER

History of music boxes 2014 Sep 17

The curiosity for mechanical devices dates all the way back ancient Greeks, who were obsessed with creating mechanical living beings. So automata were invented. These mechanical toys copied in metal, wood and stone the likeness of birds, gods and moving objects. Since that time, mechanical devices went through many changes and transformed through the ages.

From clumsy automaton, to giant musical town clocks and down to the mechanical music movement that could fit into a little box or even a watch. And so the old-world charming design of the a music box was created, combining an aesthetically pleasant look … read more

 

What is unique about Reuge mechanical music? 2014 Sep 17

The wide range of incredible mechanical music that Ruege provides include extravagant objects d’art, beautiful singing birds, sophisticated musical pocket watches and of course the beautiful music boxes. Manufacturing of each piece is a traditional ages old process dating back 200 years, yet performed with top of the line technology, that allows to create mechanical devices with precision never seen before. Reuge’s is the only company whose movements are all made and assembled in Sainte-Croix … read more

History of Reuge Music 2014 Sep 12

As a sophisticated company with one of a kind product, Reuge has a long and rich history, starting almost two centuries ago. The beginning of reuge dates back to 1865 with a watchmaker by the name Charles Reuge. The first step towards creating the company was when he moved to Sainte-Croix to fulfill his dream of making musical pocket watches. More than 20 years later in 1886, his son, Albert Reuge has started a company under … read more

 

Limoges Travelogue An Introduction of the City 2014 Sep 10

Getting a feel for a city begins with a map and some useful bits of information to help establish a sense of place.

The Region:

The city of Limoges is one of the 13 communities within the Haute-Vienne department, which is part of the larger Limousin province, the sixth-largest forested region of France. … read more

The Beginning of Murano 2014 Sep 08

The tiny island of Murano, in the Venetian lagoon, is virtually synonymous with Italian glass and home to many major Italian glassworks. In the 13th century, many glassworks on the Venetian mainland were forced to relocate to Murano to protect the city from the risk of fire from the glass furniture. Great secrecy surrounded the Venetian supremacy in glassmaking and members of the city's glassmaking guild were forbidden to travel or divulge their secrets. From about the mid-15th century through to the 17th century, Venice became the leading glassmaking center of the world, as the virtuoso Muranese glass-blowers produced glass of matchless quality … read more

Must have Souvenirs from Italy 2014 Aug 28

If you are planning to visit Italy, you may want to make sure that you come back home with memoirs that are slightly more special than a novelty ashtray, shot glass or lighter. Italy is home to abundant traditions and a rich history. This means you can take home a piece of this without really having to burn a big hole in your pockets.

The boot of the Mediterranean takes extreme pride in its artisanal treasures and local specialties. Exploring its boutique stores and markets is a great way to find some of these exquisite treasures. … read more

Cleaning and Repairing Limoges Porcelain Boxes and Other Items 2014 Aug 28

The exquisitely crafted and hand-painted Limoges boxes splashed with the right hues with apt proportion and precision have unique aesthetic charm. And if maintained and cleaned with care the porcelain boxes made from special Kaolin clay can shoot up in their value too. Although delicate, maintaining the Limoges porcelain boxes or dinnerware is no herculean task. However, it is worthwhile to make a more or less regular regime of dusting the items lightly with a soft cloth. Everyday wiping off the dust will prevent the boxes and figurines … read more

Clean and Repair Limoges Boxes and figurines on your Own 2014 Aug 28

Your Limoges boxes and figurines-steeped in unique aesthetic charm and timeless beauty, require proper care and maintenance. These exquisitely crafted and hand-painted Limoges boxes are valuable and need to retain their intrinsic worth'-especially the ones made from special Kaolin clay and other delicate raw materials.

Dust them Off

Your figurines and porcelain boxes boast of numerous curves and corners. These are the ideal resting places for dust particles and other pollutants. It's worthwhile to trigger off a regular regime of dusting these items lightly with a soft cloth'-on a regular basis. Everyday care will prevent dust accumulation and eliminate the fear of scratches and other damages. … read more

Perfect Array of Gift Ideas for Everyone you love 2014 Aug 28

Are you worried about what to gift your mother, your friend, your loved once  on their birthdays or how to express your love?

You have found the perfect place to shop!

Beautifully painted in meticulous designs by hand atop special white clay called Kaolin from the soils of France, these charming works of art are indeed rare and precious treasures to cherish for life. In fact, authentic Limoges boxes by such top-notch manufacturers like Rochard are still made in Limoges. Here are some Limoges box gifting ideas for your mother. … read more

How to identify Murano Glass 2014 Aug 28

Tip #1:

Off the coast of Venice, Italy, is the island of Murano. Glassmakers of this island are masters in the art of the distinctive Murano glass. As innovators in late 1200s, Murano glassmakers were "kept hostage" on the island for fear of fire from their furnaces and to prevent the secret of their art to be replicated by the rest of the world. Murano glass masters today create traditional pieces to contemporary art glass, sculptures, paperweights, vases and even glass chandeliers … read more

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