A wall painting from Zimri-Lim’s palace in Mari (Tall al-Hariri), which is known as "The Ordinator of the Sacrifice" (ca. 1780 BC) and hangs in the Louvre.

A wall painting from Zimri-Lim’s palace in Mari (Tall al-Hariri), which is known as “The Ordinator of the Sacrifice” (ca. 1780 BC) and hangs in the Louvre.

Abdelraouf Baydoun working with the craft of ‘Ajami: Preparation of a wooden dome

Abdelraouf Baydoun working with the craft of ‘Ajami: Preparation of a wooden dome

Abdelraouf Baydoun working with the craft of ‘Ajami: Preparation of a wooden dome

Abdelraouf Baydoun working with the craft of ‘Ajami: Preparation of a wooden dome

Motifs of quarter flowers in Kara Memi, Aleppo Room wall frame, early 17th century

Motifs of quarter flowers in Kara Memi, Aleppo Room wall frame, early 17th century

Bouquet of flowers and fruits in bowls on the wall cornice in the reception room (Qaʿa) of the Sadir house

Bouquet of flowers and fruits in bowls on the wall cornice in the reception room (Qaʿa) of the Sadir house

Modern painted panels with ‘Ajami decoration in Ziad Baydoun´s workshop in Malaysia

Modern painted panels with ‘Ajami decoration in Ziad Baydoun´s workshop in Malaysia

Modern painted panels with ‘Ajami decoration in Ziad Baydoun´s workshop in Malaysia

Modern painted panels with ‘Ajami decoration in Ziad Baydoun´s workshop in Malaysia

Modern painted panel with ‘Ajami decoration in Ziad Baydoun´s workshop in Malaysia

Modern painted panel with ‘Ajami decoration in Ziad Baydoun´s workshop in Malaysia

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Application of the relief paste of a ‘Ajami decoration

Application of the relief paste of a ‘Ajami decoration

Aliya Alnuami is finalising her ‘Ajami work

Aliya Alnuami is finalising her ‘Ajami work

Application of the relief paste of a ‘Ajami decoration

Application of the relief paste of a ‘Ajami decoration

Application of the relief paste of a ‘Ajami decoration

Application of the relief paste of a ‘Ajami decoration

Application of the relief paste of a ‘Ajami decoration

Application of the relief paste of a ‘Ajami decoration

Chinese cloud motifs on the top side of the panel, Aleppo Room wall frame, early 17th century

Chinese cloud motifs on the top side of the panel, Aleppo Room wall frame, early 17th century

Detail of a decorated wooden panel of the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Detail of a decorated wooden panel of the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Çintamani motifs, Aleppo Room wall frame, early 17th century

Çintamani motifs, Aleppo Room wall frame, early 17th century

Motifs in Saz style, Aleppo Room wall frame, early 17th century

Motifs in Saz style, Aleppo Room wall frame, early 17th century

Rumi motifs forming the border of the frame, Aleppo Room wall frame, early 17th century

Rumi motifs forming the border of the frame, Aleppo Room wall frame, early 17th century

Decorated wooden door of the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Decorated wooden door of the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Restoration of the wooden panels with ‘Ajami decoration of the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Restoration of the wooden panels with ‘Ajami decoration of the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Detail of a decorated wooden panel of the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Detail of a decorated wooden panel of the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Detail of a decorated wooden panel of the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Detail of a decorated wooden panel of the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Part of a decorated wooden panel with ‘Ajami decoration from the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Part of a decorated wooden panel with ‘Ajami decoration from the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Part of a decorated wooden panel with ‘Ajami decoration from the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Part of a decorated wooden panel with ‘Ajami decoration from the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Decorated wooden door of the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Decorated wooden door of the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Bouquet of flowers and fruits in bowls on the wooden panels of Bayt ad-Dahhan (Funduq Qasr al-Mansuriyya), 18th century

Bouquet of flowers and fruits in bowls on the wooden panels of Bayt ad-Dahhan (Funduq Qasr al-Mansuriyya), 18th century

Part of a calligraphy with ‘Ajami decoration in the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Part of a calligraphy with ‘Ajami decoration in the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Reconstruction of the various working steps in the production of ‘Ajami decoration

Reconstruction of the various working steps in the production of ‘Ajami decoration

Restoration of a part of a decorated wooden panel with ‘Ajami decoration of the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology

Restoration of a part of a decorated wooden panel with ‘Ajami decoration of the Damascus Room in the Dresden Museum for Ethnology