Kiswa, Curtain of Holy Kaaba
The curtain a black pure silk cloth embroidered in gold and silver threads originally hung at the door of the Holy Kaaba in Makkah formerly known as Mecca. It measures 3.20 by 6.20 meters (10.5 feet X 20.36 feet) and is mounted on a frame 4.75 X 7.70 meters (15.6 X 25.3 feet) The embroidery includes verses from the Koran. Curtains like the one presented as a gift to the United Nations have covered the door of the holy Kaaba for centuries and are periodically changed. They are handcrafted by Saudi Arabian professional artisans in a special workshop in the Holy city of Mecca Makkah.