Millefiori glass designs from the isle of Murano are made with various layers of color to create beautiful flower-like patterns. Literally meaning “a thousand flowers” they originated from ancient Roman, Alexandrian and Phoenician glassware.
Falling out of use over time, the technique was re-introduced by Murano glassmakers in the nineteenth century. Soon factories in England and France began producing this style of glassware.
Many of these pieces became collector’s items, particularly paperweights. Murano glassmakers began to incorporate the different patterns into beads and jewelry pieces, which are very popular today.