In Arabic kiswah means ‘a cloth made for covering’. The term now mainly applies to the silk textiles which cover the four walls of the Holy Ka’aba from top to bottom, although it can be commonly used to describe the Kiswah al-Saadat, which is the curtain inside the Holy Chamber of the Prophet in the Masjid an-Nabawi and the covering inside the Holy Ka’aba itself.
A qandeel is the golden embroidered calligraphy on the Holy Ka'aba that is a rectangle. There are several different Qandeels on the Holy Ka’aba all written in Thuluth script.
The Holy Ka'aba belt are the long golden embroidered calligraphy pieces at the very top of the Holy Ka'aba. They are made of plain black silk, embroidered with silver threads plated with gold. There are 16 belts in total; 4 on each side of the Holy Ka’aba. The belt that surround the Ka’aba is approximately 47 meters long and 95 cm wide. The belt is attached to the Holy Ka’aba 9 meters from the ground. The contemporary Ka’aba belts contain Quranic verses written in beautiful Thuluth script.
All Kiswahs, Qandeels and Belts below are authentic pieces and not replicas. When stated in the description, they come with a certificate of authentication from The Islamic Antiquities Museum of Kuwait.
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