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Beauty & heritage combined! Check out the traditional Maltese tile-making craft
Stunning!

Jillian Mallia

Throughout history, Malta has had a number of traditions, customs and craftwork that has been embedded in our culture. Among other things, traditional tile-making with stunning patterns and colours were an important craft, with many old Maltese houses being adorned with such tiles.

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Such craftwork is the backbone of Maltese culture and tradition and a lot goes into creating every little detail on each tile. The technique and knowledge of such a craft is usually passed down through the generations and is one that shouldn’t be lost. One of these tilers is Christopher Colombo who makes tradition Maltese tiles.

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In a post on social media, politician Peter Agius appealed so that the craft, as well as Chris’s knowledge, does not get lost in time, while also encouraging youngsters to take an interest in Maltese craft. “To do this, there needs to be an available market,” he appeals, saying we need to promote local products even more.

Chris has been creating beautiful tile patterns for years which have been featured in many a Maltese home. The Maltese tile is one we should strive to keep around and incorporate in architecture with a modern twist. While this is an increasing element in new and renovated houses here in Malta and Gozo, the Maltese tile has even crept its way into other facets of everyday life, inspiring local creatives to incorporate these patterns in their designs such as apparel, stationery, and a number of other creations.

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Whether in actual tile form or in another creative way, this incredible and intricate Maltese craft will most definitely not be going anywhere anytime soon.

25th April 2021


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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