Dar al-Kiswah, Cairo, Egypt
silk, embroidered in silver and silver-gilt wire over cotton thread padding
212 x 125cm
This is an exceptionally fine example of the high quality of embroidery produced by the craftsmen of Dar al-Kiswah in the mid 20th century. Very few of the curtains made for the Meccan minbar survive, and none of the known examples predates the early 20th century.