Brick Makers


Date: 1750s-1770s

The poor quality clay around Aleppo was used for making bricks, but they apparently easily fell apart … read more


Date: c. 1890-1908

In a chapter devoted to the craft of the mason (bannāʾ) the authors of the Qāmūs al-ṣināʿāt al-shamiyya (‘Dictionary of Damascene Crafts’) mention the creation of bricks using wooden matrices (qālib min khashb read more

Hiraqla (Heraqla)

Date: c. 1996

The Syrian Directorate of Antiquities factory employs local people to make bricks using traditional technologies. These include levigation tanks, the moulding of bricks with simple wooden matrices … read more