AND GIFTS TO MECCA
These are, by and large, artifacts and practices from an early period. They continued, however, in a modest way at the beginning of the 19th century. Wittman, in Constantinople, in a general discussion of furnishings with reference to what he termed a "kiosk" wrote: "The floor is covered with handsome mats fabricated in Egypt, a considerable manufactory of which is carried on at Menoaf in Lower Egypt."(1)
He travelled during the years 1799 -1801, and was also in Cairo, where he observed an old custom:
Although there had been a three-year interruption in this practice due to the French occupation of Egypt, the tradition of annual replenishment of the Kaaba covering appears to have been impressively long-lived.