Baghdad: Papyrus Makers

Date: c. 833-42

Caliph al-Muʿtasim (r. 833-42) established cultivation of the papyrus reed in Iraq, and founded a factory for the production of papyrus north of Baghdad. Artisans were brought from Egypt. The venture was ultimately unsuccessful, and papyrus continued to be imported from Egypt. See also: Bookbinders; Paper Makers; Parchmenters; Scribes; Painters.

Citation: Helen Loveday, Islamic Paper: A Study of the ancient Craft (London: Archetype for the Don Baker Memorial Fund, 2001), p. 12.