Lefkara is a traditional embroidery, originating from the Venetian period, where complex, amazingly beautiful elements are depicted on such things as bedspreads, tablecloths, napkins and handkerchiefs. It is said that during his visit to Cyprus, Leonardo da Vinci was so impressed with Lefkara that he took over some elements to decorate the drape of the altar of the Milan Cathedral. Currently this project is known as “Leonardo da Vinci Design”.
Carpet weaving is another centuries-old Cypriot tradition and is found mainly in the area of Famagusta (Gazimağusa). Kilims – small rugs – colorful models that are ideal souvenirs or gifts. Also, wicker baskets and boxes are another form of Cypriot art that is popular with locals and tourists.