The discovery of copper marks the beginning of the metal era in the Orient. Copper was first used as an alloy in the composition of bronze, and hence in the production of weapons like daggers, spears, arrows and swords. It was also used in the manufacture of household utensils and even in some jewelry.
When you walk into any Lebanese home built between the early 1880s and the 1940s, those intricately designed and colorful terrazzo handmade tiles underneath your feet are the first thing to catch your eye and heart. In a time before carpets were fashionable, these cement tiles were the chic way to give a home a unique identity and some color.