CELEBRATE THE SYMBOLISM OF ASIA
WITH LIBBEY’S SILK ROAD COLLECTION
Libbey EMEA, Portugal (June 17th, 2019)
Throughout history, humans have developed international trade routes. None more famous than The Silk Road, a network of routes that for centuries traders used to transport silk and many other goods between China and the Mediterranean. At the same time, goods, technological and scientific knowledge, religions and cultures, arts, crafts, languages and much more were all spread and shared along the Silk Road.
Libbey has taken patterns, symbols and tales drawn from some of these rich cultures and placed them in a modern, Western context. Making them ideal for any table setting with an Eastern-inspired menu, as well as drinks or cocktails with an Asian twist. With these wonderfully varied decorations, Libbey celebrates the exchange of knowledge and the lasting impact of these ancient cultures.
Japanese and Chinese cultures assign deep significance to symbols, which are often intimately connected with longevity, good fortune and happiness. Libbey’s Silk Road has translated these classic symbols into simple yet elegant decorations with a timeless design.
Kanei is inspired by the mon, Japan’s currency during the Kan-Ei period (1624-1644). The mould’s layered concentric circles and arches symbolize waves and the flow of good fortune. Kanei comes in two shapes, Hi-Ball and DOF. The black-and-gold decoration band, and glass bottom with wave patterns and gold decoration, pay quiet tribute to the significance these symbols carry.
Fánróng is based on the Chinese symbol for Happiness and Long Life. Unsurprisingly, given what it stands for, it has always been one of the country’s most widespread symbols: travel through China today and you’ll still see countless examples everywhere. Fánróng comes in two capacities, Hi-Ball and DOF. The black gold decoration band with the bottom featuring the happiness symbol gives any drink that sense of occasion.
Niho comes in a set of four different decorations. A tasteful mix of greys and reds, with glass patterns inspired by Japanese architecture, generate a sense of elegant simplicity. Designed to suit any drink or table setting, and with its striking symbols, Niho brings a sense of style to any occasion.
Geisha, which literally means ‘person practicing the arts’, refers to women who dedicate their lives to traditional Japanese arts, using their talents to entertain distinguished clients at banquets and shows. Geisha are felt to personify sophistication and seen as vital guardians of Japanese culture and traditions.
Globally, the Dragon is possibly the best-known symbol of Chinese culture. Back home, the Chinese dragon represents success and being destined for a great future.
Cherry Blossom is Japan’s national flower, but also abundant across China. In Japan, because of its short life each year, the Cherry Blossom represents the ephemeral nature of life. In China, it is a symbol of both power and feminine strength.
The Koi is a fish with a rich history in Chinese and Japanese cultures. Legend has it that the koi fish embodies determination, dedication, perseverance and success. A powerful quartet of qualities.
The subtle, serene decorations combine effortlessly with the plunger patterns, bottom mould inserts and high reliefs. All complementing the clean lines of the traditional forms to create a modern take on ancient designs.