Stained glass windows add artistic touch and value

Stained glass windows add artistic touch and value

Stained glass can give homes an original, antique look that creates a sense of artistry and reverence to the atmosphere. Today, stained glass is seen as a symbol of luxury and refinement, but it's hardly a modern invention.

Although there are conflicting theories on when it was first discovered, the earliest known example of multiple pieces of colored glass used for a window have been found on St. Paul's Monastery in England. This glass is presumed to have been made in 686 AD. More sophisticated and complete styles of stained glass began emerging in the latter half of the Middle Ages, when it was considered to be an art form. Since the majority of the European population at that time was illiterate, stained glass was used largely to communicate the stories of the Bible in picture form.

During the Renaissance and Reformation periods in Europe, many works of stained glass were destroyed due to the French Revolution and the Dissolution of the Monasteries under the rule of King Henry VIII. For this reason, many historical pieces of stained glass from this period weren't rediscovered in England until the 19th century. Stained glass was eventually revived in France, which began producing more designs than England at the time. In the early 19th century, the style of stained glass was composed mostly of large panes that were thoroughly painted and fired. Often, the depictions in the glass were copied exactly from oil paintings by famous artists of the time.

Modern-day homeowners use stained glass in door inserts, door transoms, and freestanding decorations to add both value and beauty. Since stained glass can often be expensive, heavy and prone to damage if handled improperly, it's critical that homeowners hire a professional and experienced stained glass company to complete the job.

Companies with experience in handling stained glass can ensure proper installment and be able to repair existing stained glass. If you're looking for ways to add value to your home, while giving it a unique, artistic touch, stained glass is an excellent choice to truly captivate buyers.


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