Beyond the Gates: Extending the Markets of Fatimid Cairo to Al- Khayamiya Bazaar

Mohamed H. Elnabawi, Neveen Hamza, Mohamed Abdeldayem Sultan

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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 that still preserves its original tentmaking craft from the harsh, sunny climate. Today, the positioning of the tent market directly outside the walled Fatimid 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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitecture and Urban Transformation of Historical Markets
Subtitle of host publicationCases from the Middle East and North Africa
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781000645422
ISBN (Print)9780367697815
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Arts and Humanities


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