Damascus: Copper Workers

Date: c. 1990

Johannes Kalter describes the revival of traditional Syrian crafts such as metalworking, particularly in brass. The objects produced would often be inlaid with silver and copper. He also noted that the artisans use antique prototypes from museums as well as making use of old catalogues of work produced for the 1987 Paris World Exhibition. Customer demands have also led to new styles being developed. See also: Copper Founder; Copper Beater; Blacksmith; Inlay Worker.

Citation: Kalter, Johannes, “Urban Handicrafts”, in Kalter, Johannes, Margareta Pavaloi, and Maria Zerrnickel, eds. The Arts and Crafts of Syria: Collection Antoine Touma and Linden-Museum Stuttgart (London and New York: Thames and Hudson, 1992), pp. 64-67, fig. 104-106.