The Permanent Committee for Islamic Monuments decided to register the Kaaba cover (Kiswa) manufacturing factory in Cairo as an archaeological site.
Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said in statements on Monday 2/9/2013 that the decision was taken in view of the unique mission of the 100-year-old factory located in the Gamaleya neighborhood near the Citadel.
The factory was built in 1816 and it was a house of a prince before being turned into a factory, he said.
The factory continued to carry out this mission until 1962, when Saudi Arabia decided to move this manufacture to the Kingdom.
Kiswa is the cloth that covers the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is draped annually on the 9th day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, the day pilgrims leave for the plains of Mount Arafat during the Hajj.
The kiswa of the Kaaba is changed every year.
The present cost of making the kiswa amounts to 17,000,000 Saudi riyals. The cover is 658m2 and is made of 670 kg of silk. The embroidery contains 15 kg of gold threads. It consists of 47 pieces of cloth and each piece is 14m long and 101 cm wide. The kiswa is wrapped around the Kaaba and fixed to the ground with copper rings.