Many ancient trades in Granada have been maintained throughout the centuries. Some of these, linked to the city’s survival, have allowed key elements to be preserved such as the cobbled stone paving found in the city’s streets and gardens.
Others, like the pottery tradition, have evolved with time and found themselves a niche between what is roughly termed craftsmanship and art; from the fajalauza tradition to the creative innovation of contemporary ceramicists.
The luthiers or traditional guitar makers are to be found on the Gómerez hill and the barrio Realejo, becoming essential reference points for guitarists all around the world who come here to sample their wares. The majority of the guitars we hear today in concert have been made by craftsmen from Granada.
Finally marquetry, a craft of unknown origin but most probably related to the Islamic world whose influence perfected this most ancient of traditions. Its production in Granada has remained constant throughout the ages. The endless collection of objects made by these craftsmen includes: large chests, tables, boxes or bureaus, the decoration of which is in itself a journey through the history of art. Practice in the workshop not only requires great skill in the wooden incrustation but also in the design, choice of materials (various woods, mother–of–pearl, bone or ivory) and, especially, in the overall finish of the piece.