Venice was a flourishing and prosperous center for the trade and commerce of precious spices and unguents from the East.
Unknown spices, fragrant oils and resins were brought back by navigators and explorers returning from voyages to distant lands.
Thanks to the availability of these new and exotic oils and spices, the early knowledge of techniques in blending them and the means of preserving these essences within the beauty of fine Murano glass, Venice became a natural location for the creation of perfumes.
The fame of these artistic glassmakers was so great that they began to be lured away to France, England and Austria.
In 1535, the term Profumieri or Unguentari (perfumers) was reserved for those in Venice belonging to a rapidly growing sector. The first perfumer’s boutiques (boteghe) were opened and run by the Muschieri in Venice. Even the first books concerning the Ars Profumatoria were printed in Venice in 16th century.