Damascus: Pearl Merchants

Date: Twelfth to sixteenth centuries

The Market for Pearls was located South of the Congregational Mosque. The q al-luʾluʾ was not only a market for pearls, but also for the sale of precious stones and jewellery. Information is drawn from the work of Ibn ʿAsakir (d. 1176), al-Hadi (d. 1503), and al-Almawi (d. 1573). See also: Mother-of-pearl carvers; Gem cutters; Goldsmiths; Silversmiths.

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. 75.