Business / Small Business

Blatt Chaya

Lebanese retiree Edgard Chaya got into the tile-making trade by chance, after stumbling upon a suitcase belonging to a great uncle. Inside, Chaya discovered a set of curious metal shapes and moulds – castings to make traditional cement floor tiles. Monocle spent time in Beirut to watch how this small family firm has brought the art of ciment coloré back into fashion.

Carole Corm
Gillian Dobias
Camera operators
Ali Majed, Abdallah Atout
Aleksander Solum

Monocle 24

× The Continental Shift

  • The Continental Shift is where our editors bring you three hours of curated music from Europe and beyond, with nu-disco from Oslo, jazzy soul from Stockholm and cutting-edge sounds from London.

0:00:00 0:01:00

Drag me