A reversible patterned or figured satin fabric. It was done with a warp of satin silk, and weft of sateen (cotton that is made to be lustrous to look like satin). Though China, India, Persia and Syria all wove Damask, the city of Damascus in the 12th century perfected it to such an extent that it gave the weave the name. The design is woven in a different weave from the background in such a way that the two weaves appear on the surface and on the back in exchanged positions. Later damask came to be woven in linen as well and today it is the preferred fabric for high quality table- and bed-linen.