Damascus: Tanners

Date: 1930s

Traditional tanneries were disappearing in Syria in the 1920s and 1930s, though some remained in Aleppo. The tanning industry relied largely on local livestock, mostly sheep and goat, though the hides of cows, buffalo, and camel were also processed. Tanned hides were also imported into Syria. See also: Shoe Makers; Curriers.

Citation: Hakim, George, “Industry”, in Himadeh, Saʿid B., ed., Economic Organization of Syria (Beirut: The American Press, 1936. Reprinted New York: AMS Press, 1973, pp. 159-63, tables XXVII–XXVIII.

Tanners