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The Holy Kaaba adorned with new cover
Kiswa, the Kaaba cover called as, is 14 meters high, to match the height of the Kaaba, and 47 meters wide, enough to cover the four sides, which are not identical in dimension
Friday October 3, 2014 6:04 PM, IINA

The Holy Kaaba was adorned with a new cover (kiswa) on Friday. Officials from the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques took off the old Kiswa and installed the new one, which is made of pure silk and gold threads.

Kaaba Cover

As an annual custom, the new black cloth was placed on top of the Kaaba, at the center of the Grand Mosque, as some two million pilgrims converged on nearby Mount Arafat in the climax of pilgrimage.

It costs more than SR20 million and is considered one of the most exquisite works of Islamic art. The Kiswa is 14 meters (42 feet) high, to match the height of the Kaaba, and 47 meters (141 feet) wide, enough to cover the four sides of the Kaaba, which are not identical in dimension.

Its upper half is decorated with a 95-centimeter (three-foot) wide strip featuring verses from the Holy Qur'an, inscribed in gold plated silver thread, which weigh 120 kilograms (264 pounds). The Kiswa is made of five pieces.

The fifth piece the curtain of its door.

Nearly 650 kilograms (1,400 pounds) of natural silk was required to make the Kiswa.

The silk is imported, but the Kiswa was designed and tailored by more than 200 Saudi employees at a special factory set up by the Kingdom some 30 years ago.

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