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(/ˈdæməsk/; Arabic: دمشق‎) is a reversible figured fabric of silk, wool, linen, cotton, or synthetic fibres, with a pattern formed by weaving. Damasks are woven with one warp yarn and one weft yarn, usually with the pattern in warp-faced satin weave and the ground in weft-faced or sateen weave. Twill
damasks include a twill-woven ground or pattern.[1][2]


1 History 2 Modern usage 3 See also 4 References


with floral sprigs, Italy, Baroque, 1600-1650, silk two-tone damask

The production of damask was one of the five basic weaving techniques—the others being tabby, twill, lampas, and tapestry—of the Byzantine and Islamic weaving centres of the early Middle Ages.[3] Damasks derive their name from the city of Damascus—in that period a large city active both in trading (as part of the silk road) and in manufacture.[4] Damasks became scarce after the 9th century outside Islamic Spain, but were revived in some places in the 13th century.[3] The word "damask" first appeared in records in a Western European language in the mid-14th century in French.[5] By the 14th century, damasks were being woven on draw looms in Italy. From the 14th to 16th century, most damasks were woven in one colour with a glossy warp-faced satin pattern against a duller ground. Two-colour damasks had contrasting colour warps and wefts, and polychrome damasks added gold and other metallic threads or additional colours as supplemental brocading wefts. Medieval damasks were usually woven in silk, but weavers also produced wool and linen damasks.[2] Modern usage[edit]

as a tablecloth. Water droplet is lying on the surface due to low absorption of damask.

Modern damasks are woven on computerized Jacquard looms.[1] Damask weaves are commonly produced in monochromatic (single-colour) weaves in silk, linen, or synthetic fibres such as rayon and feature patterns of flowers, fruit, and other designs. The long floats of satin-woven warp and weft threads cause soft highlights on the fabric which reflect light differently according to the position of the observer. Damask
weaves appear most commonly in table linens and furnishing fabrics, but they are also used for clothing. The Damask
weave is used extensively throughout the fashion industry due to its versatility and high-quality finish. Damask
is usually used for mid-to-high-quality garments, meaning the label tends to have a higher definition and a more “expensive” look. See also[edit]

(damask patterns in heraldry)


^ a b Kadolph, Sara J., ed.: Textiles, 10th edition, Pearson/Prentice-Hall, 2007, ISBN 0-13-118769-4, p. 251 ^ a b Monnas, Lisa. Merchants, Princes and Painters: Silk
Fabrics in Italian and Northern Paintings 1300-1550. New Haven, Yale University Press, 2008, pp. 295–299 ^ a b Jenkins, David T., ed.: The Cambridge History of Western Textiles, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003, ISBN 0-521-34107-8, p. 343. ^ "What is Damask
Fabric", Period Home and Garden ^ "Damas" etymology (in French).

has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Damask.

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Figured woven

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Pile woven

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Finishing and printing

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Fabric mills

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Islamic art


Regional styles

Ayyubid Azerbaijani Chinese Indo-Islamic Indonesian Moorish Moroccan Mudéjar Mughal Ottoman Pakistani Persian Somali Sudano-Sahelian Tatar Timurid Umayyad


Ablaq Banna'i Iwan Jali Mashrabiya Mihrab Minaret Mocárabe Muqarnas Yeseria See also Decoration


Regional styles

Persian (Early, Qajar, Safavid) Turkish (Ottoman)


Gul Kilim


Persian Turkish Prayer


Azulejo Fritware Hispano-Moresque İznik Lustreware Persian Chinese influence


Batik Damask Ikat Embroidery Soumak Suzani


Khatam Minbar

Other media

Brass Damascus
steel Glass Hardstone carving Ivory carving Stained glass


Arts of the book


Arabic Mughal Ottoman Persian


Arabic Diwani Kufic Muhaqqaq Naskh Nastaʿlīq Persian Sini Taʿlīq Thuluth Tughra

Other arts

Muraqqa Hilya Ottoman illumination


Arabesque Geometric patterns Girih
(tiles) Zellige

The garden

Charbagh Mughal Ottoman Paradise Persian


Berlin Cairo Doha Ghazni Istanbul (Arts, Calligraphy Art) Jerusalem (Islamic Museum, L. A. Mayer Institute) Kuala Lumpur London (British Museum, V&A) Los Angeles Marrakech (Museum, Majorelle Garden) Melbourne Paris (Arab World Institute, Louvre) Singapore Toronto (Aga Khan) Tripoli

Principles, influences

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World Aniconism in Islam Indo-Saracenic Revival Islamic world contributions to Medieval Europe Influences on Western art

Grotesque Moresque

Mathematics and architecture Moorish Revival Oriental carpets in Renaissance painting Pseudo-Kufic Stilfrag