The influence of the Arab world on textiles is shown in words we still use for certain types of fabric. Damask takes its name from Damascus, in Syria. It is a reversible fabric made most often of silk or linen. A pattern is woven into the cloth which is revealed by the way in which light falls upon the fabric. Muslin takes its name from Mosul, a town in present-day Irag. It is a fine, gauzy cotton.
— The Medieval World: A History of Fashion and Costume