Precious Goods to Buy

The goods that were carried along the trading routes of Central Asia shaped fashions in food and clothing all over Asia and Europe.  Metal and clay were two important materials to be traded, as were textiles and all kinds and carpets, which were highly valued in both east and west. Exotic foods and flavours were particularly precious commodities, bringing new tastes such as pepper to the west. 

Related Information

  • Authors:
    Struan Reid
    Era:
    7th century BC to 10th century AD
    Language of article:
    English
    Source:

    Silk and Spice Routes, Cultures and Civilizations

    Format:
    PDF
    Countries:
    Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic

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