The kiswa (clothing of Kaaba, or embroidered cover) is skillfully made with embroidered Quranic calligraphy in gold and silver by 200 artists.
The 14 meter long kiswa contains 120 kg gold and 25 kg silver threads!
And the final kiswa weighs around 650 kilograms.
In the past, during the Ottoman period in Hijaz, the Kiswa used to reflect amazing Turkish essence in detail and design.
Most muslims love to have a piece of Kiswa in their homes…here are few old kiswa you might have never seen!
1. Kiswa from 1606 from the Ottoman period..
2. Kiswa, Period of Sultan Mahmud II..beautiful handwork!
3. A special textile was made for the internal door of the Kaaba beginning in the mid-19th century.
The inscription indicates it was ordered by Sultan Abdülhamid II (1876-1909)
4. Sitarah (curtain) for the door of the Kaabah, commissioned by Sultan Abdülmejid I, Ottoman Egypt, Cairo, 1846-7 AD. Black silk embroidered in silver and silver-gilt wire.
By Nour Foundation, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art
5. An important Ottoman metal-thread curtain of the Holy Kaaba door period of Sultan Abdulhamid I.
6. The hizam ( belt) is placed over the black kiswa on all four sides of the Kaaba.
7. Curtain for Door of Repentance (about 1900)
Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art