National Geographic : 1926 Dec
IN THE BIRTHPLACE OF CHRISTIANITY A WEAVER IN THE WORLD'S OLDEST CITY Since the invention of the handloom, Damascus has been the home of weavers in cotton and wool and silk. Under what seem to be primitive conditions, fabrics of rare beauty are produced and in spite of machine-made imports, the hand-woven stuffs of Damascus command a wide market and keep thousands of shuttles a-clatter beside the narrow streets. © National Geographic Society Autochromes LumiBre by Gervais Courtellemont A COURT IN ONE OF THE PALATIAL ARAB HOMES OF DAMASCUS The Oriental veils his wealth and gardens from the public gaze as he does his harem. Pros perity and worldly welfare are not common things to be displayed to every stranger. They are a part of that hospitality which gains in force because it is exclusive. One enters upon its favored quiet and perfume from narrow streets, whose raucous noise and offensive odors are shut out by blind mud walls.