Damascus: Skin Merchants

Arabic: Zaqqāqīn

Date: Twelfth to sixteenth centuries

Merchants of skins made ziqqs, which are leather bottles used to hold drinks. They had a market, though its location is not apparent from the descriptions in the available sources. Information is drawn from the work of Ibn ʿAsakir (d. 1176), al-Nuʿaymi (d. 1521), al-Hadi (d. 1503), and al-Almawi (d. 1573). See also: Tanners; Leather Slipper Makers; Shoe Makers; Saddlers.

Citation: Elisséeff, Nikita. “Corporations de Damas sous Nūr al-Dīn: Matériaux pour une topographie économique de Damas au XIIe siècle”, Arabica 3.1 (1956): p. 74.