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Chapter 7: Beyond the Gates: Extending the Markets of Fatmid Cairo to Al-Khayamiya Bazaar

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neveen Hamza



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In Cairo, Al-Khayamiya Bazaar has preserved the craft of appliqué which dates to ancient Egyptian civilizations, and here it can be seen in the making and in a concentration of shops. Al-Khayamiya’s success is also underpinned by its uniqueness, as a rare example of a purpose- built covered bazaar which still preserves its original tentmaking craft from the harsh, sunny climate. Today, the positioning of the tent market directly outside the walled Fatmid city, as an extension to the historical Al-Muizz commercial spine, is nonetheless still perceived as being integral to the spine. The products of the craft of tentmaking are not easily compared to those of metal work or perfumeries on the spine. Although the fabric of the tent is an art, it may also be considered a type of style, architecture, and interior design. The knowledge of such crafts has been passed through generations who have responded to local and international demands with new products based on changing and dynamic trade exchanges. Today, Al-Khayamiya is an outstanding example of Egypt’s living heritage and social characteristics. In this chapter, Al-Khayamiya’s urban structure and architectural form are examined to reveal its sustainability characteristics and the social impact of its products in the Egyptian social and cultural context.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Elnabawi M, Hamza N, Sultan M

Editor(s): Hamza N.

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Architecture and Urban Transformation of Historical Markets: Cases from the Middle East and North Africa

Year: 2022

Print publication date: 05/09/2022

Online publication date: 05/09/2022

Acceptance date: 01/05/2022

Edition: 1st

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.4324/9781003143208

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/nppw-0j15

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780367697815