If you looking for an authentic Jordanian handicraft, Madaba is a place to go. The town is well known for its Byzantine mosaic art and the Mosaic School is evidence for the importance of this craft. The school trains to conserve and restore the ancient mosaics as well as to produce mosaics. You can find various, hand made mosaic souvenirs like vases, wall hangings and tables in Madaba. There are many shops around St Georges’ Church and on the way to Mt Nebo where you can buy and watch how items are made.
Other local crafts are rugs, pottery and hand-painted ostrich eggs. The eggs are decorated with tiny dots of paint to create various designs, depicting scenes of ancient mosaics and Jordanian folklore.
The artisans cut stone slices with clippers, to create the small pieces. Such kind of table mosaic takes in the average 5 months.