Damascus: Mother-of-Pearl Carvers

Date: 1892-93

During his visit to the sūq of the old town of Damascus Albert Terhune (d. 1942) records that carvers of mother-of-pearl and other artisans had workshops and storerooms on Straight Street. The goods from these storerooms would be sold in the sūq. See also: inlaid furniture maker; wood carver; mirror maker.

Citation: Terhune, Albert Payson, Syria from the Saddle: A Description of the Holy Land today, as seen through a young man’s Eyes (New York: Silver, Burdett and Co., 1896),  p. 49.