During the periods of Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, Dulkadiroğlu and the Ottoman Empire, money lending and the gold trade were important professions. During the Ottoman Empire, Maraş developed the gold jewelry business that we see today. Examples of Maraş gold jewelry can be found in various museums around Turkey.
Some examples are:
- The silver grill built by Mehmet Ali Pasha, Governor of Maraş in 1400, is exhibited in Konya Mevlana Museum today.
- Maras Burmu (spun gold wire), manufactured during the Dulkadiroglu Beylik Period continues to this day, is the art of processing gold into fine pieces by the artisans of Kahramanmaraş.