These Handblown Syrian Highball Glasses are made in Damascus from recycled glass. Because they are hand blown and individually-made, these glasses will feature slight imperfections and variations in colour and size. The glasses are top-rack dishwasher safe, but hand washing is recommended.
These Handblown Syrian Highball Glasses are made in a glass factory which is located in Bab Sharqi at the entrance of the Palestinian neighbourhood and next to the Christian quarter of Bab Touma in the outskirts of the old city of Damascus.
Recently it was threatened with destruction and half of the warehouse was ruined but to date it has managed to work (unlike the silk brocade factory located nearby, which was destroyed).
The glass factory supports a dozen of families and work is carried out day and night because the furnace can’t be put out as the temperature settings require several days of heating before reaching the right level.
It is a family business as typical in all Arab countries and emploies about ten people giving to live to as many families; it has existed for several generations. These are amongst the oldest families of glass blowers using a traditional oven. There is no child labor for the simple reason that they are all in school which is compulsory and free.
The glass is recycled and comes from Europe. When the load arrives, one lady divides it by colour and breaks it up into little pieces and then in powder so that it’s suitable for working. Then the glass is mouth-blown in the traditional furnace. The traditional furnace is made out of clay cooked on site and is rebuilt every year during Ramadan.
The glasses are approximately 11cm high x 6cm diameter and hold 250ml.