Dozens of Saudi craftsmen, mostly in their 40s and 50s, are hard at work in a factory in Mecca preparing an embroidered black and gold cloth to cover the Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam.
Known as the kiswa, the cloth is woven from silk and cotton and adorned with verses from the Quran.
A new one is made each year to be placed on the Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque during the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage.
The kiswa is one of the most important ornaments in the House of God, and its production is made by some of the greatest calligraphers and artists in the Muslim world.
This art piece is a near replica of kiswa.