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Malta map
Area (sq km): 320
Population: 398,534
Nationality: Maltese
Local Name: Malta
Language: Maltese,
Time Zone: +1 GMT
Currency: 1 euro = 100 cents
Capital: Valletta
Dialling Code: +356
Electricity: 240V/50Hz
Internet Code: .mt
Religion: Roman Catholic
Climate: Mediterranean
Government: Republic
Inoculations: None
Driving: Left
Int'l License: Required
Banking: M-F 8.30-12.30
Major Airports: Luga(MLA)

Maltese Cross and holiday villas in Malta

Maltese lace is a chief and treasured speciality of Malta and Gozo. The lace material is fine and delicate, while the designs are intricate and elegant. Maltese lace can often be distinguished from lace from other lace by the inclusion of the eight-pointed Maltese Cross within the designs. Search for holiday villas in Malta to find the best in Maltese lace.

Maltese Cross
Maltese Cross

Maltese Lace

Choose luxury holiday villas in Malta to make complete a brilliant break in Malta and don't forget to take home one of Malta's treasures, the fine lace with the Maltese Cross. The production of Maltese lace began in the 16th Century. Before the popularity and demand of Maltese lace began to rise the finest lace was coming out of Italy. Venice, Milan and Genoa were famous for making such fine and intricate designs at the time.

Lady Hamilton Chichester is credited for bringing lace making to Gozo and Malta. She sent lace makers to the Maltese islands to teach the Maltese people and increase production. The making and exporting of fine lace helped raise the standard of living in Malta and soon Gozo and Malta lace was in high demand gracing even the tables of royalty as far away as Versailles and the English Court.

Luxury holiday villas in Malta

In the earlier days of Maltese lace the material used was the finest silk Spain had to offer. The material is so thin and delicate it is sometimes a wonder that it could be worked so beautifully. Maltese lace is now made mostly of cotton, but its designs tell the stories of the success of lace in Malta. Go in search of Malta’s finest lace from the luxury of private holiday villas in Malta.

Maltese Cross

The lace from Malta has distinguishing features. One such telltale sign of Maltese lace is the eight point cross incorporated in so many of the pieces. It is now simply called the Maltese Cross (sometimes referred to as the Amalfi Cross). The Maltese Cross dates back to the 11th Century. Another distinguishing design is the plump circular white-ear leaves or oaks. Maltese Cross lace will usually be cream or honey coloured.

When buying lace in Malta be a careful and discerning shopper. The Maltese Cross designs make it instantly recognisable but because of its notoriety across the world many fakes flood the market. Like buying Dom Perignon in France, so too is buying Maltese lace a must when you book holiday villas in Malta.

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