Baghdad: Napkin Embroiderers

Date: 980-81

In his al-Risāla al-Baghdādiyya, al-Tawhidi (d. 1023) describes the shastaqat that were made and embroidered in Baghdad. Shastaqat is a Persian word which means napkins. He also mentions the designs that were embroidered on these napkins. These napkins used to wipe the mouth after eating. See also: Weaver; Pillow Maker; Embroiderer.

Citation: Al-Tawhidi, ʿAli ibn Muhammad Abu Hayyan. Al-Risāla al-Baghdādiyya, ed. Abbud Shalji (Cologne: Dar al-Jamal, 1997), p. 134.