Vintage Middle East Arms


Vintage middle East arms after the widespread of Islam in the 7th century AD , there was a wide expansion of the use of metal weapons throughout the middle East.  In the 8th century it took place from India in the east up to Morocco in the west.

The Islam conquered the whole area through the sword and the development of new weapons. By the 17th century the Islam countries wer from the Philippines up to Turkey and parts of central Europe.

As a result of that expansion, there were many different arms and weapons developed and adapted also local art designs and culture.

One can find a Mamluk finger print spread 13th century in Egypt Syria and Ottoman empire. The Mughal gave their share afterwards in the 16th century.

The Islam armors were lighter than the ones made in Europe, and suitable for the soldier mobility. To swiftly get victory, you need a high speedy mobility of the whole army.

The most famous are the light mail shirt and iron helmets to protect the warrior and to let him be mobile easily. The curved sword saber and shot blade. Battle axes with two sides blades and iron shields.

Another aspect in Islam weapon , is the religious decors drawn on all kinds of weapon with Korean religious phrases. These decors were made either by gilding or inlay gold and silver encrusting and enameling. Sometimes the effort of decorating the weapon, gave an impression of a piece of jewelry rather than a lethal weapon.

Islamic arms and armor were decorated using a variety of techniques such as damascening, gilding, inlay, gold and silver encrusting, as well as setting with jewels and enameling. On some ceremonial items, the decoration could achieve such sumptuous and spectacular effects that the final appearance of the object has more in common with an item of jewelry than a weapon. Indeed, the splendor of the Mughal empire was such that even today the term “mogul” is synonymous with enormous wealth and power, a notion easily verified by Mughal arms and armor.

Vintage Middle East Arms varies in designs because of the wide expansion of Islam in that part of the world.