Sitarah for the Prophet’s Mosque

very dark green, or possibly a faded black, silk with deep red and cream silk appliqués, relief-embroidered in silver and silver-gilt wire over card and cotton thread padding

   

248 x 132cm

The curtain is embroidered with the basmalah and Surat al-Ahzab, XXXIII, verses 45–6 (top, on red ground); Surat al-Fath, XLVIII, verses 1–3 (tcentre, on silver ground), and Ayat al-Kursi (‘Verse of the Throne’, Surat al-Baqarah, II, verse 255). The two larger roundels enclose the names of Allah and Muhammad, while the smaller ones have the names of Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman, ‘Ali, Hasan and Husayn.