The Northern Kingdom of Glass

The Northern Kingdom of Glass

Surely, everyone knows the jewelry with Swarovski crystals, heard about the beautiful colored glass from the island of Murano, remember the Czech crystal and Bohemian crystal, standing in the servant of Soviet families, as signs of wealth. But few know the creations of Swedish master glassmakers. Meanwhile, they have received worldwide recognition and for over 250 years have been decorating the homes of their owners.

Currently the Swedish glass is one of the most prominent glass in the world of it there are beautiful decorative pieces that more than one wants to have at home or office. But let's move to the past to know a little more of the material from northern Europe.

Specifically we go to southern Sweden, the province of Småland. The glassblowers were the ones who turned one of the poorest regions of the country in the "northern kingdom of glass" with capital, the town of Costa. The wooden houses painted in terracotta color are typical of Sweden, a stream flowing nearby and around a deep forest.

The forest supplies wood for stoves in which the glass melts and a safe distance prevents fires in the towns. Here, in 1742, two generals of King Charles XII founded glass production, the same that was defeated by Peter I near Poltava. Their names were Anders Koskull and Stael von Holstein. The first syllable of the first name, the first syllable of the second name and the name of the neighboring village "Boda" gave the name of the company."

Prior to this Sweden ordered glass from Italy. So by the time of the foundation there were no people with experience in the material so they decided to entrust the work to the bohemians of the town and it turned out to be a resounding success.

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