The Crimean Tatars had an ancient tradition of craft production based on the use of local and partly imported raw materials. Social forms of organization and production technology, artistic design of products of Crimean Tatar artisans have experienced diverse cultural influences (Byzantine, Italian, Arabic, Iranian, Seljuk and Turkish-Ottoman). Evidence of these influences was not only the direct contacts of representatives of the peoples, but also the goods, a large number of which were supplied to the Crimea.
Crimean Tatar crafts reached their peak during the Crimean khanate. The level of development and specialization of crafts in the state reached such a level that craft workshops began to arise. They were well-organized organizations with their own written "selef-nameh" Charter-the rules of their ancestors. The elected bearer of this peculiar Guild code, developed on the basis of Sharia, was the Presidium of the production organization, consisting of three persons: "usta-Bashi" — the head of the masters, "Yigit-Bashi" — his assistant and "chausha" — the headman, who performed various technical tasks. Esnaf-Bashi, the head of the workshops, was in charge of all the workshops.
In the Crimea there were workshops of armourers, bakers, cooks, weavers, tanners, stonemasons, carpenters, blacksmiths, torbochniki, foundry-minters, potters, etc.; the number of them reached 50.
In the cities and villages of the Mountainous Crimea, specialized craft centers were formed: Bakhchisarai was distinguished by the production of copper dishes, leather, Karasubazar-koshma, Bakla-pottery, Ozenbash-charcoal, Sudak-kilims (carpets). In the trade and craft centers of the Crimean khanate-Bakhchisarai, Karasubazar, Gezlev, Akmesdzhit — craft workshops were located in rows on the main street of the city. Masters worked right in front of passers-by, never making a secret of their craft. The necessary goods could be purchased immediately.