Ibn Rassam

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Ibn al-Rassam literally (Son of the Draftsman), was an Egyptian Muslim Alchemist and tile-maker and Mosaic designer, who flourished during the Mamluk Bahri dynasty (1250–1382).[1]

Ibn Rassam is widely known to have invented the techniques through which he obtained copper from varieties of malachite, he also ascertained indigo by heating various substances.[2] He was also a colleague of the chemist, Abul Ashba ibn Tammam (d.1361).


  1. ^ "Architects and Artists in Mamluk Society: The Perspective of the Sources". doi:10.1111/j.1531-314X.1998.tb00253.x. JSTOR 1425493. 
  2. ^ M. Th. Houtsma, Martijn Theodoor Houtsma. E.J. Brill's first encyclopaedia of Islam, 1913-1936, Volume 4. Retrieved 2010-06-14.