Gusevskoy Khrustalny zavod (Gus-Khrustalny Crystal Factory)
- the Russian market leader in manufacturing of crystal, cased
crystal, glassware, colored glass and artistic ware.
In 1756 Akim Maltsov, the famous manufacturer, founded the
plant, which became famous worldwide. Now the Gus-Khrustalny
Crystal Factory keeps the best traditions of Russian glassmakers
developing them according to contemporary style tendencies
and modern technology and experience.
Along with plain everyday glassware the Gus-Khrustalny Crystal
Factory produces highly artistic hand-made ware, which is
rich in decor and cutting, gifs sets and exclusive art pieces.
The present level of experts and artistic team training guarantees
high quality of produced ware. The products of our plant can
be easily distinguished by their beauty, elegance, originality
and virtuosity of performance, variety of forms, color spectrum
Decoration of glassware is executed by means of:
• screen printing
• liquid gold
• luster colours
• frosting of glass
Regular customers of exclusive glassware are: Council of
Russian Federation, State Duma (Parliament of Russian Federation),
organizational committees of different festivals, contests
and competitions. Our products are in great demand with large
The Gus-Khrustalny Crystal Factory exports glassware to
many countries all over the world: France, Czech Republic,
Germany, Spain, Finland, USA, Canada, China, Iran, Norway
and CIS countries.
History of the Crystal Factory
The Crystal Factory of Gus - Khrustalny is well known in
our country and abroad as a traditional center of glass industry.
The plant was founded in 1756 by a merchant Akim. Maltsov.
It was the time when glass industry development began in Russia.
The Gus - Khrustalny Crystal Factory was the first at the
market to offer an affordable assortment of products made
from plain glass - jars, carafes, stemware, glasses, etc.
Famous carafes with rooster figurines inside, glass flower
bouquets produced in Gus - Khrustalny became well known in
Russia and all over the world. Lead crystal has been manufactured
here from the moment of foundation. Maltsov's crystal has
quickly got recognition in Russian market. At the first All-Russian
Fair of manufactured products Maltsov was rewarded with a
Great Golden Medal for "an excellent crystal". High
quality of Gus crystal was noticed in forecoming years.
In 1857 the Crystal Plant was granted with permission to
depict the State Coat of Arms of Russia on the produced items.
In the newspapers issued in these years Gus - Khrustalny is
represented as "an pure Russian crystal producer",
which working with using exceptionally Russian raw materials
and fuel, and also with only Russian staff (about 4000 people
work here at the present moment). The plant executed the orders
of Tsar's Court and supplied unique crystal products for the
Shah of Iran.
Maltsov's crystal products was used for the Emperor’s “cavalier”
and “common” tables and in suburban palaces of Emperor. The
assortment of objects delivered to the all - Russian market
was wide : from the kitchen ware up to church-plates from
the simplest and cheapest things for using in the household
up to the most expensive, the greatest carved things. Traditional
technologies was developing and expanding, everything new
appeared in European artistic glass production was implemented
by the plant. The best products executed by the masters of
the plant was represented at exhibitions abroad and has won
prizes for originality and high level of the professional
At the Universal exhibition in Paris in 1900 the Factory
has won the highest prize "Grand Prix".
In our time the ancient plant assimilates a big staff of
artists - masters of decorative art and has official statute
as the artwork producer. In September 1990 the International
Symposium of Artists in Glass took place in Gus-Khrustalny
with participance of many famous artists from Spain, England,
Germany, USA, France, Netherlands and masters from Ukraine,
Baltic states and Russia. The specialists represented different
trends of glass production were united there. In our days
Gus-Khrustalny Crystal Factory produces a wide assortment
of coloured and clear crystal and coloured, colourless and