Crafting Traditional Maltese Balconies

Traditional balconies certainly go a long way in defining the character of the Maltese urban landscape. Through their abundance of colours, materials, textures and decorative motifs, they enrich the visual aspect of Malta’s streets. Projecting into the urban space, they dominate and articulate it. The origins of the typical wooden Maltese balcony hark back to ancient times and to the ‘muxrabija’, a creation of the Arab world. Literally a peep-hole looking from the inside outwards, the ‘muxrabija’ was generally a wooden window frame which screened the window space completely. It was effective in allowing the person on the inside to observe all that was going on outside, whilst not being visible to the people in the street below.    ...

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Minister Tonio Fenech during his visit to St Anthony Woodworks

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Finance Minister Tonio Fenech during his visit to St Anthony Woodworks.Quality certification could increase international business opportunities for local enterprises and the new Quality scheme could allow businesses to be refunded for expenses incurred after investing in certification. St Anthony Woodworks is one of the local companies which has already taken the initiative and achieved the ISO 9001:2008 quality certification after implementing several procedures for quality administration. The company’s accounts and administration executive, Brian Zammit said: “Our products are all for the local market and although we were faced with challenges when entering the EU, the Malta Enterprise ERDF grant scheme has improved our services and efficiency.” With every new machine purchased for the company, Zammit said in-house training was provided for different persons to operate each machine. Zammit added that the company was MSA certified for quality management and while it was not easy to achieve, the investment and certification improved their business...

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