Idlib: Cotton Cultivators and Manufacturers
Date: c. 1840
According to Sir John Bowring (d. 1872), Idlib was a major producer of cotton and cotton textiles. In this period, Idlib and surrounding areas produced 700-800 qinṭārs of cotton (1 Syrian qinṭār = 256.4 kg). See also: Cotton Weaver; Dyer and Textile Printer.
Citation: Bowring, John. Report on the Commercial Statistics of Syria (London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1840. Reprinted: New York: Arno Press, 1973), p. 13.