A purple rug instead of red … Mohammed bin Salman’s reception of Mohammed bin Zayed provokes an interaction … and the ceremony clarifies


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Activists on social media circulated pictures of the reception ceremony for the Saudi Crown Prince, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, on Wednesday, which took place on the carpet Violet contrast to the red carpet that is commonly used in protocols.

The Saudi Ministry of Culture stated in a statement: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has chosen violet as an approved color for the carpets for the reception ceremonies of the state’s official guests, including presidents, ministers, ambassadors, and representatives of brotherly and friendly countries, in addition to the carpet used in various official occasions.”

The ministry stated in its statement: “The ‘violet’ carpets identify with the color of the kingdom’s deserts and plateaus in the spring when they are decorated with the color of lavender flower, and other plants such as elf and basil, which together form a natural cover in a violet color, reflecting the Kingdom’s welcoming of its passers-by, and its generosity that is identical with The generosity of its people, through the color of the giving nature while it lives in its brightest states .. The purple ceremonial carpet includes a prominent presence of another Saudi cultural element, which is the traditional art of Sadu weaving, which adorns the edges of the new carpets, to add an additional cultural dimension as it is one of the original folk crafts in the Kingdom. Officially on the Representative List of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, the distinctive inscriptions of the Sadu extend on both sides of the carpets, giving this ancient national art a new space to add to its multiple uses in the lives of Saudis.

She added: “The reception ceremony carpets reflect its new identity, the state of renewal, growth and renaissance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the inspiring vision, the vision of Saudi Arabia 2030, in terms of continuous renewal, and the growing pride in the roots of history, identity and civilization, and the celebration of the cultural connotations embodied in the land, man and time, The color violet is present as an important part that is clearly reflected in the natural extension of the land of the Kingdom, expressing its generosity and generosity that has flowed from eternity.

The statement pointed out that “the initiative to change the reception ceremony carpets came with a joint cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and Royal Protocols, and it is an extension of many national initiatives that celebrate the original Saudi cultural elements and highlight the national identity, such as the high directive to government agencies to acquire artistic works and national handicraft products in their headquarters, and the restoration project.” And the rehabilitation of historical mosques in the Kingdom, in addition to the project of restoration and rehabilitation of buildings of the urban heritage of architectural and historical value in the center of Riyadh, and other civilization projects that are based on cultural products derived from the ancient national heritage.


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