Sotheby’s London to Sell Rare Archive Offering a Unique Insight into the Fabrication of the Kiswah


LONDON.- Sotheby’s announced the sale of important historical documentation relating to the design and production of the Kiswah. Dar al-Kiswah was the highly prestigious Cairo studio, which produced the Kiswah, the sumptuous cloth, decorated with verses from the Koran which covers the Ka’bah, between 1818 and 1961. Every piece of embroidery created by its highly skilled artisans was a work of art. The collection (estimated at £60,000-80,000*) includes 16 templates and watercolour designs, as well as rare embroidery stencils for the Kiswah. It also features a fascinating series of photographs of the craftsmen, each individually named and ranked by experience, revealing the human story of the generations of family members employed by the studio. The exquisite quality of their work was internationally acclaimed and the sale includes two certificates awarding gold medals to Dar al-