Belts were of great importance as they were a symbol of warrior status. Civilians had no need for belts, but for a warrior it was an essential piece of equipment. From time to time civilians were actually forbidden to wear belts. Among the mamluks, belts were also used to denote rank, with different ranks of emirs (commanders) having different belts. some 13th century bronze belt fittings from Syria, these would be attached to a leather belt.