In 1940, a rare picture of the Kaaba’s red brick exterior was taken before it was adorned with its kiswah. This cover, also known as the kiswah, cost 22 million Riyals and took 10 months of hard labor to construct.
The kiswah is made in Saudi Arabia using pure silk that weighs about 670 kilograms, 10 kilograms of which are silver-plated pure gold silk string-like wires. These wires form the manuscript verses on the cladding’s belt.
The kiswah is made up of 47 rolls, each with a length of 14 meters, and a width of 95 centimeters. Below the kiswah’s belt some Quranic verses read: “O living, O ye, O mercy, O merciful, Praise be to God, Lord of the worlds.”