Cordobanes and guadamecíes

The word equivalent cordovan leather worked in Córdoba, and so it was known since the early Middle Ages in Western Europe. The voice Guadamecí, although originally from Ghadames Society, border between Algeria and Libya, Spanish is clearly.

The cordovan leather were goat or goat tanned in Cordoba in the early days of the Arab Emirate, quality which made them famous, and that the extraordinary demand of them had worked later in almost all Spain and were exported to Europe.

The guadameci consisted of tanned sheepskin and later gilt and polychrome. Original of Ghadames, quickly acquires Spanish character and is also a favorite in European decorations.

Decorative value two is completely different. The cordovan is best known for its durability and flexibility, namely, a utilitarian sense. Thus, Shoes in the Middle Ages did not reach its peak price if not made with that matter, and also in the Spanish Renaissance furniture style, whose characteristics are sobriety and endurance.

The guadameci, instead, offers in its decorations bright and glittering facet of our temperament. Its ornamental guidance keeps pace with the evolution of our historical styles. The upholstery of the walls, curtains and carpets are made guadameci. The furniture is coated in it, and even in the churches, altarpieces, altar frontals and canopies are made of this matería.

The cordovan
The cordovan originated in Córdoba, capital of the Emirate, in which the Arab conquerors taught to prepare, enjoy, and brown leather dye.

Al-Maqqari explains some uses when he recounts innovations in fashion Ziryab Cordoba by musician at the court of Abderrahman II: “Ziryab says- taught the people of Andalus to use crystal glasses instead of gold and silver. You sleep on a soft bed of leather prepared, in preference to cotton blankets. To eat on small leather trays better than swood tables Obre, because those most cleaning, making it easier to remove dirt from wood leather”.

The same Arab writer, describing the triumphal entry Rahman III in Cordoba back of one of his military expeditions against Christians, says he called the attention of his people “the rich harness and gold tooled leather with wearing the white mare harnessed desert riding”. Los texts of Al-Maqqari, although brief, are sufficiently explicit to realize that Spanish Muslims worked the cordovan, sometimes, utilitarian in appearance, and other, for decorative.

The maximum cordovan quickly acquired appreciation Hispano. Among the gifts are made Charlemagne, according verses Teodulfo, Obispo Orleans, Cordoba tooled leather.

Guadamecíes Cordobanes and Cordoba. Manuel Nieto Fulfilled
HE Publications. Provincial de Córdoba. 1973

Craft workshops in Cordoba

Skin House Cordoba Museum of Art

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  1. I see again repeat over and over the mistakes and myths on Cordoba: cordoban is only tanned goatskin, that made Cordoba famous, and was imitated elsewhere in medieval Iberia (Portugal included). There is no cordoban in furniture, namely upholstery. Besides, badana and cow leather were also in the market.
    Guadameci has nothing to do with Ghadames. Do let me know from where you quot alMakari, and I now say the golden lether of the horse is simply goldfoil on leather – nothing to do with guadameci – which was also produced in Portugal (Lisbon, Coimbra, Evora, Vila Viçosa).

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