Established 1964

The History of the Mirror


The mirror has long been a crucial component of interior decorative schemes. Throughout history it has been highly prized as an important and valuable possession, often acting as the focal point for a room. A clear indication of its historical significance is apparent in the production of increasingly elaborate frames, a practice which evolved out of the original need to protect the precious mirror surface. Mirror-making has, for the most part, been an expensive, complex, and often dangerous process.

Legend dictates that the concept of the mirror was formed in the ancient Himalayas when a woman perceived her own reflection in a pool of water. The very earliest manufactured mirrors were made from polished stone such as obsidian, a naturally occuring volcanic glass. Such examples date to 6000 BC in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey). The first examples construced from polished metal appear in Mesopotamia from 4000 BC, and in ancient Egypt and China from 2000 BC. These were predominantly made from circular pieces of copper and bronze, and were owned exclusively by the most prestigious members of society.

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