Two Sections from the Earliest Ka‘bah Belts to be Made in Mecca

Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Materials: black silk, relief embroidered in silver and silver-gilt metal thread over padding and folded strips of gilded silver

Dimensions: 78.6 x 461.5cm; 80 x 486cm

Accession Number: TXT 634a-b


During a period of discord between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, when Egypt stopped sending the kiswah to Mecca, King ‘Abdul ‘Aziz bin ‘Abd al-Rahman ordered the kiswah to be made in Mecca. The inscription within the upper section mentions that the belt was made in Mecca during his reign.
For another belt section from the same period, see TXT 39a.