Moorish Women Making Arab Carpets, Algiers, Algeria


This photochrome print of women making carpets in Algiers is part of “Views of People and Sites in Algeria” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). Carpets in Algeria traditionally were made by women, woven or knotted from wool or goat hair, and often formed the most important decorative element in a home. In the late 19th century, traditional female crafts in Algeria, such as weaving, embroidery, and carpet making, suffered from the competition with machine-made imports, but beautiful handmade carpets still found a ready market in Algeria and abroad. The women in the photograph are identified as Moors, a term that refers to people of mixed Arab and Berber descent who inhabit the coastal regions of northwestern Africa, including Algeria. The large house pictured in the print might have been in the Casbah (fortress) area of Algiers.

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Detroit Photographic Company, Detroit, Michigan

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1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color


  • The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingstone, Jr., and photographer and photo-publisher Edwin H. Husher. They obtained exclusive rights to use the Swiss "Photochrom" process for converting black-and-white photographs into color images and printing them by photolithography. This innovative process was applied to the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market. The firm became the Detroit Publishing Company in 1905.
  • Print no. "16428".

Last updated: August 13, 2014