Inauguration of the preliminary design of the monuments of the Grand Mosque of Makkah
JEDDAH: As part of its preparations for Ramadan, the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has covered the floors of the two places of worship with 50,000 new carpets for the comfort and protection of the faithful throughout the year, especially during the month of fasting.
The carpets, which were manufactured in Saudi Arabia, meet certain criteria and technical specifications to adapt to the spaces of the Two Holy Mosques and meet the needs of pilgrims and visitors.
Makkah Grand Mosque carpet cleaning manager Jaber Ahmed Al-Wada’ani said the new flooring took 11 months to manufacture.
They were of high quality and luxurious so that worshipers could perform their prayers with “all reverence and tranquility”, he told Arab News.
The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques established 43 years ago a specialized department to clean, disinfect, sanitize and perfume carpets using the latest and best technology.
“In the past, carpets for the Grand Mosque in Makkah were imported from Germany, Belgium and Lebanon for so many years. From 1999 to 2000, the importation of carpets was stopped and the first batch of carpets was established in the Makkah factory,” Wada’ani said.
The first 14 batches of Makkah rugs made in Saudi Arabia had the same technical specifications. However, they were made with a red tone. Later, green was adopted and this color became the standard shade for carpets in both mosques.
The head of outdoor facilities at the Grand Mosque’s carpet department, Muhammed Al-Thibani, described the special details and applied prints on the carpets.
“The emblem of Saudi Arabia is marked in the middle of each rug, and the remaining part of the rug is decorated with wood and floral patterns and prints in different colors in yellow, beige and navy, all flowing elegantly and harmonious,” he told Arab News.
The Two Holy Mosques carpets have technical characteristics that differentiate them from ordinary or everyday carpets. They are thicker, stronger and more durable. They have softer yarns, a higher pile, a plusher feel underfoot, better color fastness and are unaffected by repeated washings.
Al-Wada’ani said, “These rugs are made from 100% pure acrylic yarn. The pile weighs 400 grams, and its height reaches 14 millimeters. The total height of a rug is 16 millimeters.
With their distinctive moss-green tone, the carpets undergo several washing operations during the year, as the laundry supplies the Grand Mosque with 2,000 clean carpets a week.
There is round-the-clock monitoring of cleaning and maintenance issues, and mosque employees regularly sweep, disinfect, and perfume all carpets on a 24-hour cycle.
Al-Wada’ani gave a detailed explanation of the four main stages of carpet cleaning, adding that the lifespan of a carpet is between four and six years.
“The first step in carpet cleaning begins with the automatic removal of dirt and dust using high quality technology. Then, the second step is to automatically wash and disinfect the mat with disinfectants, water and special detergents, then rinse it with water to remove the soap.
“Then comes the third stage, where the washed carpets are placed in special tubes to dry them with water. In the fourth and final stage, the carpets are raised on sawmills, in sunlight and in the air. cool, equipped with fans to speed up the drying process.The carpets are then swept with modern special brooms, then disinfected and perfumed with the famous rose water of Taif.Then they go to packaging and storage.
Each mat has an electronic chip and a code read by radio frequency identification linked to an electronic system with information on its date of manufacture, its history of use, its location and its washing.