The art of pottery and weaving in Rhodes
The art of pottery and weaving have a prominent place in the culture of the island and its products have been well- known since ancient times. The people of the island created and developed a tradition in pottery and weaving that has been preserved till today.
The island of Rhodes is located at the crossroads of two important sea routes of the Mediterranean, the Aegean Sea and the coast of the Middle East. Rhodes has been shaped by a variety of influences and its strategic geographical location contributed significantly to the development of arts and trade.
Pottery is the ceramic art of making pots and other utensils out of clay or other materials such as magnesite and marble. Ceramic products are mostly used for decorative purposes, but due to the antioxidant nature of their materials they are very hard-wearing and thus have contributed to the financial development of the inhabitants over the centuries. In Rhodes there are pottery workshops all around the island that make wonderful decorations inspired by antiquity and life in Rhodes. Particularly in Archangelos you will find a great variety of unique and famous ceramics that are supplied to the surrounding area. Moreover, don’t forget to visit the "Handicraft Centre of Rhodes", a non-profit organization, which includes excellent pottery and art-history samples. The center was established as the "Pilot Model workshop of art and craft industry”, offering many benefits and services to the region and the residents of the Dodecanese.
Travelling in the villages of Archangelos, Afandos and Lindos you will discover that the art of weaving and woven textiles have developed as well. The island’s women are renowned for their talent in weaving by creating excellent and unique products such as hand woven embroidery, carpets and rugs that reflect the art and creativity of the craftsmen of the island.
During your visit in Rhodes you will have the opportunity to visit many traditional shops and workshops in different areas of the island.