Damascus: Curriers

Date: 1870s

Discussing the market in Damascus that sold good to those about to undertake the annual pilgrimage (ḥajj), Charles Doughty (d. 1926) mentions the water-skins, buckets and saddle bottles produced by the curriers. They also worked on zamzamiyya, the bottles in which water from the well of Zamzam would be collected and stored. See also: Tanner; Maker of Shoes.

Citation: Doughty, Charles, Travels in Arabia Deserta (London, 1888. Reprinted in one volume, New York: Random House, 1936), p. 41.