Kiswah of Kabbah Shareef

By September 19, 2019 October 3rd, 2020 Arabic Calligraphy

The Kiswah is the cloth draped over the Kaaba in Mecca, a building prime amongst Islam’s holy sites. Each year a new kiswah is placed on the Kaaba during the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Dozens of Saudi caftsmen, including some of the best calligraphers and artists in the world, work in Mecca preparing the elaborate silk and cotton cloth which is embroidered with gold thread. The kiswah has many distinct features, one of which is a specific design for covering the doorway to which this piece is a near replica.

Kiswah of Kabbah is the cloth that covers the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is draped annually on the 9th day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, the day pilgrims leave for the plains of Mount Arafat during the Hajj. The artwork is a depiction of the Kiswah in papercutting.


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