Damascus: Dyers

Date: 1741-62

In his chronicle, the Damascene barber, Shihab al-Din Ahmad ibn Budayr (d. after 1762), records the obituary of Ahmad al-Baba. This man was the head of the guild of dyers. See also: Cotton Weaver; Silk Weaver.

Citation: Sajdi, Dana, The Barber of Damascus: Nouveau Literacy in the eighteenth-century Ottoman Levant (Stanford CA: Stanford University Press, 2013), p. 71.


Date: c. 1906

Henry Van Dyke (d. 1933) reports that dyers in the Syrian capital hung strips of blue-dyed cloth from windows and balconies. See also: Weaver of Silk; Weaver of Cotton; Weaver of Wool.

Citation: Van Dyke, Henry. Out of Doors in the Holy Land: Impressions of Travel in Body and Spirit, Outdoor Essays IV (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1908, reprinted 1920), p. 290.


Date: c. 2000

Photograph by Muhammad Roumi showing dyed textiles in a workshop in Damascus. The precise location is not indicated in the caption. See also: Wool Merchant; Cotton Weaver; Wool Weaver.

Citation: Delpont, Éric (ed.), L’Orient de Saladin: l’art des Ayyoubides (Paris: Institut du Monde Arabe/Gallimard, 2001), photograph on p. 89.


Date: 2001

Photograph taken of a dyeing workshop located near to Straight Street in the old town of Damascus. See also: Cotton Weaver; Silk Weaver.

Citation: Photograph taken by Marcus Milwright

Damascus: Dye Workshop, 2001

Photographer: Marcus Milwright