About Lellos

Founded by Lellos Constantinides,
Lellos Bookbinding Limited
started business in 1955.

A charming blend of old and new, the shop is a time machine where visitors can explore fifty years of heritage. Tools of the craft find themselves serving as door handles in the shop’s graceful frontage and example of the shop’s craft adorn wooden bookcases.

Bibles, hundreds of years old, can be found together with examples of early local bookbinding, ledgers, box sets and much more.

Originally located in the Latin quarter of Limassol, Lellos moved his shop 3 years later to Saint Andreas Street, near the seafront. His business still operates from the same place place today and, while the shop is now managed by his son Petros, Lellos can still be found working at his wooden bench, patiently repairing the books that are piled beside him.A charming blend of old and new, the shop is a time machine where visitors can explore fifty years of heritage. Tools of the craft find themselves serving as door handles in the shop’s graceful frontage and example of the shop’s craft adorn wooden bookcases.

Bibles, hundreds of years old, can be found together with examples of early local bookbinding, ledgers, box sets and much more.

Petros Constantinides, Lellos’ son, is a man in love with his trade and is happy to spend time with visitors. Drop into the workshop and he’ll happily give you a tour. There’s a photographic history of the shop and a variety of equipment, new and old, together with examples of the shop’s work over the years.

The workshop today has remained relatively small, foregoing the ‘bigger is better’ approach so prevalent in modern business. At this level, the shop is able to satisfy both local and international orders, as well as operating on a personal level with individual customers.
Most people have a favourite book, or a book that has been passed down through the family, which they are keen to preserve. When approached to restore such items, Petros and Lellos always work to retain their original feels, materials and look. As Petros observes, if an old book is restored well, it will never lose value. In fact, if properly treated it will actually become more valuable.

It is the level of personal attention paid by the Constantinides workshop that makes it such a wonderful establishment. One book recreated in the shop, for example, is very rare and was prepared with permission from the Vatican. With the original dating from the 1600′s, there was a real danger of damage from reading and rereading the book. The workshop therefore took the original work and recreated an exact duplicate. Faithfully rendered, the new book allows the work to be enjoyed in its original format while the actual original book can be kept safely stored, away from any accidental damage.

The creation of storage boxes and other items designed to compliment original books is also a key part of the workshop’s production. Using techniques similar to those employed to restore old books, leather can be cut and dyed and identical lettering employed to allow storage boxes to capture the feel of the original tome.

Much of the machinery and tools used are traditional and still used by hand. While bulk orders for modern books are more efficiently tackled by modern equipment, the use of old techniques invariably brings better results in restoration and recreation of work. Of course, this means there is room for error and much of the work require painstaking attention to detail.
This is where skill and craftsmanship comes to the fore. Both of which are in large quantities at Lellos Bookbinding Limited.

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