Soap and Tiles

Soap manufacturing in Nablus is an old traditional industry, dating back to the fourth century. The structure of the soap factories’ (masaben in Arabic), their production process and the raw materials used have remained similar to those used during the Ottoman period. The number of masaben in Nablus noticeably increased during the nineteenth century. However, many were hit by the 1927 earthquake, while others were demolished by Israeli incursions to the city. Currently, only four factories are still fully functional.

Touqan Soap Factory is among the most famous soap factories in Nablus. It is located in the city center - Martyrs’ Square. and dates back to the 18th century. The building has two floors; the first is designed for the manufacturing process, while the second floor is for cutting and packaging the soap. It contains an oil storage well and a burner for soap cooking. 

The flagstone tile factory Jalal Aslan is one of the few Traditional Palestinian Floor Tiles factories still active in the region. It is located near the old city of Nablus, The traditional concrete tiles are handmade there.

© Qais Assali

  • Toukan Factory - 1st Floor
  • Toukan Factory - 2nd Floor
  • Soap Folding and Packaging
  • Aslan Tile Factory
  • Aslan Tile Factory
  • Aslan Tile Factory
  • Aslan Tile Factory