Art & Craft shopping in Syria
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Palestinian philosopher-writer-artist Mahmoud can be found most days in his tiny atelier drinking Turkish coffee and smoking cigarettes while he paints his small, striking paintings of veiled ladies, sensual shapes of women and other, often surreal, scenes.
For inlaid wooden boxes, chests and backgammon boards, visit Khalil Haddad, who fronts the actual workshop in which this exquisite work is produced. There are also many other workshops along Sharia Bab Sharqi and the surrounding streets with similar quality handicrafts.