Ṭrāblos, or Tripoli, is historically a cluster of three fragrant orange orchards cities.
Through the ages, Tripoli earned recognition for many crafts and industries among
which woodcraft dating back to the 1850’s.
Recalling a golden era
The city’s craftsmanship grew in fame and Tripoli became a regional hub for luxury and beautifully crafted furniture. For more than half a century, wood was a vital part of the city’s existence, a traditional art and main source of livelihood.
People of this city were born here and have lived and breathed wood from birth, as their ancestors did before them.
Following long years of war, this golden era ceased to be. Tripoli’s woodcraft industry
suffered deeply from many ailments leading to decline and disregard. Lately the situation was worsening due to the emergence of low-cost imported furniture dominating the market. Something needed to be done!
How it started
Facing a crumbling industry and a massive drop in furniture manufacturing, the Private Sector Development (PSD) Program, funded by the European Union and implemented by Expertise France, has identified an opportunity for a potential revival of the industry, raising the necessity to facilitate the communication and access to market for Tripoli wood furniture suppliers, tightening as such the existing gap between them and the market demand.
Within the scope of this program, the organization created Minjara, a common platform and brand for furniture producers to help them elevate their skills and develop their productivity.