Damascus: Gold and Silver Thread Manufacturers
Date: c. 1840
Sir John Bowring (d. 1872) finds that Damascus and its surrounding areas manufactured 75,000 drams (approximately 133 kg) of gold and silver thread annually. See also: Embroiderer with Silver Wire.
Citation: Bowring, John. Report on the Commercial Statistics of Syria (London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1840. Reprinted: New York: Arno Press, 1973), p. 21.