Our glass factory situated in a picturesque countryside of North Bohemia is one of the places which preserves its genius loci. Surrounded by a charming hilly countryside this place gives us a pause to reflect on our hurried daily life. We, in Clartés Bohemia, would like to bring you moments of tranquillity with your family over a glass of your favourite beverage from our signature glassware building on tradition stretching beyond the beginning of the last century.
Clartés glassware and lighting is produced in a small city of Kamenicky Senov which is considered to be a Mecca for glassmaking. The city has become over the centuries the cradle of world-renowned glass manufacturing and design. Bohemian glass ensures a hallmark of quality, glass artisanship which is hard to be found anywhere else.
The history of the glassmaking, our factory and the city starts in the 16th century when local people strived for other means of livelihood to secure their families due to the lack of farming opportunities in the country filled with rocks and forests. They logically experimented with glass which subsequently transformed the face of the region throughout the following centuries. The craft of local people advanced and the place gained its fame for the high level of quality of production. In 1858 the world’s oldest school of glassmaking was founded in the town and started to produce the best glass foremen for the years to come.
Connecting the city with railway in 1886 brought Kamenicky Senov into a new era and enabled the first industrial glassworks to be built in the town. The town was granted city’s privileges in 1900 by the Emperor Franz Joseph I. and Clartés factory was established 5 years later by Antonin Jilek and Frantisek Wetter making it the second oldest glassworks in the city. French engineers constructing the Eiffel Tower were invited to build the steel structures of the factory and even after more than 100 years our factory belongs to one of the most historical and beautiful buildings in the region.
Since 1905 the glassworks was known for creating timeless pieces of outstanding quality, close cooperation with artists and glass artisans and human attitude reflected in our company values. We keep the name of our founder Antonin Jilek on our factory chimney to commemorate the principles he stood for. To this day we continue to stand firmly and proudly build on this very foundation and legacy of our forefathers.