In 969 CE the Fatimid dynasty entered Egypt and founded the city of al-Qahira (“the Victorious”). Today we know it as Cairo. Over the next 1,000 years, successive Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman eras followed, leaving glories of Islamic architecture and an ever-growing metropolis in their wake.
Next to the Fatimid city emerged the neighbourhood of al-Darb al-Ahmar, a part of what is known today as “Historic Cairo”. The district, a maze of narrow and winding alleyways dotted with medieval mosques, mausolea, palaces and residences, connects visitors with a past and a way of life that remains in very few places in the world today. An array of traditional crafts are made there from brass lanterns, to tents, glassware and furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl, using designs that are unique to Egyptian culture, the city of Cairo and the district itself.