Sitarah (curtain) for the door of the Ka‘bah, commissioned by Sultan Abdülmejid I, Ottoman Egypt, Cairo, dated 1263 AH (1846-7 AD); black silk, with coloured silk appliqués, embroidered in silver and silver-gilt wire over cotton and silk thread padding, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art © Nour Foundation.

Sitarah (curtain) for the door of the Ka‘bah, commissioned by Sultan Abdülmejid I, Ottoman Egypt, Cairo, dated 1263 AH (1846-7 AD); black silk, with coloured silk appliqués, embroidered in silver and silver-gilt wire over cotton and silk thread padding, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art © Nour Foundation.

mecca, Saudi Arabia. When the world was young.

mecca, Saudi Arabia. When the world was young.

Ka'bah with the door open...

Ka'bah with the door open...

Inside cover of the Holy  Kaabah, 1606 from the Ottoman period, Makkah, Hejaz   الستار الداخلي للكعبة المشرفة، سنة ١٦٠٦ مكة، الحجاز في العهد العثماني

Inside cover of the Holy Kaabah, 1606 from the Ottoman period, Makkah, Hejaz الستار الداخلي للكعبة المشرفة، سنة ١٦٠٦ مكة، الحجاز في العهد العثماني

Ka'bah the centre point of earth.

Ka'bah the centre point of earth.

Leaf from Futuh al-Haramain (Description of the Two Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina), mid-16th century; Ottoman Probably Turkey Ink, colors, and gold on paper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Age of Süleyman "the Magnificent" (r. 1520–1566)

Leaf from Futuh al-Haramain (Description of the Two Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina), mid-16th century; Ottoman Probably Turkey Ink, colors, and gold on paper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Age of Süleyman "the Magnificent" (r. 1520–1566)

Map of the world by geographer & cartographer Al-Idrisi, also known as Dreses (1099-1166 C.E.). He originally drew the map with north facing down; here, it's been flipped so the shapes are more recognizable.

Map of the world by geographer & cartographer Al-Idrisi, also known as Dreses (1099-1166 C.E.). He originally drew the map with north facing down; here, it's been flipped so the shapes are more recognizable.

The_Haram_Al-Nabawi_in_Medina_-_Ottoman_period.jpg 2.132×2.136 piksel

The_Haram_Al-Nabawi_in_Medina_-_Ottoman_period.jpg 2.132×2.136 piksel

Kaaba-Kabe,  Portulan de la mer Méditerranée, par ʿAlî ibn Aḥmad ibn Moḥammad al-Scharqî, de Sfax (الصفاقسى), en Tunisie, 1551, Gallica, BnF

Kaaba-Kabe, Portulan de la mer Méditerranée, par ʿAlî ibn Aḥmad ibn Moḥammad al-Scharqî, de Sfax (الصفاقسى), en Tunisie, 1551, Gallica, BnF

Kaaba-Kabe

Kaaba-Kabe

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