A wine vessel with cups is called a Stof (originally German word). In literal translation Stof means a “big jug”. Initially it was used as a liquid volume measure of 1.23 liters defining the volume of strong drinks.
Western glass blowers brought the craft of creating beautiful glass vessels to Russia, and the word Stof followed along. As production became more complex, Stofs became more luxurious: made with engravings, decor, paintings. But the shape and its essence stayed the same – a quadrangular vessel for strong drinks.
A few centuries have passed, and modern production uses completely different volume measures. Although Stof has lost its meaning as a measure, it is still an original and gorgeous vessel for all kinds of liquor.
Nowadays, all kinds of materials can be used to create Stofs: crystal, coloured glass, porcelain, ceramics, and even precious metals.
Furthermore, they can be absolutely unique: made in different styles, shapes and sizes, resembling various objects.
Although Stofs do serve a utilitarian function, they are also much more than that. A beautiful stof can be used as an original gift or an interior decor element. In our shop, you can find an amazing Stof decorated in the traditional Khokhloma style.
Khokhloma is a traditional Russian craft that originated in the 17th century in the area of Nizhniy Novgorod. Khokhloma is a traditional Slavic painting. It is a decorative painting of wooden dishes and furniture, made with red, green and black colors on a gold background.