Qa’a (The Damascus room)

The sound of the fountain led guests into this 18th-century house, where a vibrant interior stimulated ear and eye.

Reception Room (Qa’a), 1119 a.h. / 1707 C.E. (Ottoman period, Damascus, Syria), poplar, gesso relief with gold and tin leaf, glazes and paint; cypress, poplar, walnut, black mulberry, mother-of pearl, marble and other stones, stucco with glass, plaster, ceramic tiles, iron, brass, 22′ 1/2″ high x 16′ 8-1/2″ deep x 26′ 4-3/4″ long (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

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Cite this page as: Dr. Elizabeth Macaulay and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Qa’a (The Damascus room)," in Smarthistory, December 18, 2015, accessed April 23, 2024,