Aleppo: Makers of Soap
Date: c. 1840
Sir John Bowring (d. 1872) notes that when the olive crop produced an abundance of oil, a large amount clear soap would be produced in Aleppo. Most of the finished soaps were exported into the Mediterranean, to Anatolia, or east to Iraq. Other materials needed in soap production include soda, or barilla. The master soap-boilers were the proprietors of the manufacturing of soap; they supplied the barilla or soda, workmen, wood, and labourers. See also: Soap-Boilers.
Citation: Bowring, John. Report on the Commercial Statistics of Syria (London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1840. Reprinted: New York: Arno Press, 1973), p. 19.