|What would come into your mind if someone asks you about the most typical product of the Czech Republic? Men would answer most probably "beer" (and they would be right as there is hardly any other country where beer is so good, drinkable and inexpensive) while women would go for "Bohemia crystal glass".
Bohemia crystal glass is a worldwide legend. It's uniqueness builds on two non-transferrable pillars: specific local raw material and centuries-long tradition of experience and education of local workers.
The unique raw material, specific sharp sand, comes from the sand mine near Strelec, a small village located in the Czech Paradise region north-east of Prague. The education and experience of local workers has been developing over last four hundred years. There are many local schools in the glass region of Czechia where glass design, glass production technology and glass cutting techniques are the main subjects of education.
Production plants are scattered over the glass region of northern Czechia as well as other parts of the country. There are numerous private factories producing traditional as well as innovative lead crystal glass products there.
What is so special about Bohemia crystal glass, then? It is the raw material and technology which allow to produce thick crystal-clear glass which sustains deep cutting. Having this possibility, artists can design and factories can produce indefinite variants of cut designs and ornaments which make the glass an unforgettable experience.
Czech glass production has changed the world of glass. The traditional Venetian glass works on Murano, Italy, had to change their orientation altogether in order to bear with the Czech competition. Murano factories focus on coloured artistic and decorative glass while Czech producers rely on plates, vases, glasses, cups and bottles for everyday use as well as for display.