The Damascus Room, dated A.H. 1119 / A.D. 1707. Syria, Damascus
After reading this chapter, you will be able to:
- understand how a reception room from the house of an affluent family in eighteenth-century Damascus reflects the tastes, interests, and life of the urban elite in a provincial city of the Ottoman empire
- identify key features of this domestic interior and their cultural and artistic significance
The Damascus Room is an early eighteenth-century residential reception chamber (qa'a) from Damascus, a provincial capital of the Ottoman empire.
By the eighteenth century, Damascus was not only one of the most prosperous commercial cities in the empire, but a center of Islamic scholarship and worship.
Courtyard houses traditionally accommodated an extended family, often consisting of three or more generations, as well as domestic servants.
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