Aleppo: Tent Makers

Date: 1750s-1770s

The tent makers of Aleppo are claimed to have unrivalled skill in their craft. Tents from Aleppo were sent to the sultan in Istanbul, as well as to senior officials in the Ottoman court. See also: Weaver of Wool; Weaver of Cotton; Maker of Palanquins.

Citation: Russell, Alexander. The Natural History of Aleppo, containing a Description of the City, and the principal natural Productions in its Neighbourhood. Together with an Account of the Climate, Inhabitants, and Diseases; particularly of the Plague, Second edition, revised, enlarged and illustrated by Patrick Russell (London: G. G. and J. Robinson, Pater-noster Row, 1794), I: p. 161.

Date: Eighteenth century

In the eighteenth century the majority of the tent makers were Muslim. This contrasts with the textile wokers, most of whom were Christian. See also: Palanquin Maker; Saddle Maker; Cotton Weaver; Wool Weaver; Felt Maker.

Citation: David, Jean-Claude, Alep (Paris: Flammarion, 2002), p. 233.