It was woven and designed with devotion under the supervision of the Khedive Ismail Pasha
, the ruler of Egypt at the time, the grandson of Muhammad Ali Pasha, considered to be the founder of modern Egypt, and the ruler of Egypt between the years 1805 to 1848.
The Suez Canal Company dug part of the canal, which irrigates the Qaliubiya and Eastern provinces, with Ismail Pasha
completing the rest, according to an agreement between the two parties.
The building is an architectural work of art, built by Mohamed Ali Pasha in 1828 in remembrance of his dear son, Ismail Pasha
, who had died in Sudan in 1822.
answered the old sheikh's request with an ultimatum.
, Khedive of Egypt, commissioned Verdi to write it for performance in January 1871, paying him 150,000 francs, but the premiere was delayed because of the Franco-Prussian War.
A serious interest in antique Islamic glass began in 1860, when Ismail Pasha
ascended the throne of Egypt transforming the country with an ambitious development programme that attracted European businessmen to Egypt.
When Ismail Pasha
came back from Paris and decided to build the palace, he chose a largely empty, uncultivated area.