Adoption of the “purple” color for the carpet of the official reception ceremony in Saudi Arabia


The Saudi Ministry of Culture announced, through its official account on “Twitter”, that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia decided to adopt the purple color of carpets for official ceremonies, in order to receive official delegations from kings, presidents, ministers and ambassadors, in addition to the carpets used in various official occasions.

The purple carpet appeared in the official ceremony, today, Wednesday, during the reception of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, in Jeddah.

During Prince Mohammed bin Salman's reception of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed on the purple carpet
During Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reception of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed on the purple carpet

The Kingdom’s government chose the color of the carpets to be purple in order to match the color of the desert and the hills in the Kingdom during the spring season, when beautiful plants grow and appear in purple.

The purple color also reflects the welcome of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to its visitors, by relying on the color of the generous nature in its brightest states, which confirms the welcoming of guests in light of the generosity of the Saudi people.

The “violet” carpet is distinguished by its dependence on the Saudi cultural heritage represented in the traditional art of Sadu weaving, which appears at the edges of the new carpets, adding a distinct cultural and heritage dimension as it is one of the original folk crafts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The initiative to change the “reception ceremony carpets” was launched with a large and joint cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and Royal Protocols in Saudi Arabia, in an attempt to introduce the Kingdom’s original cultural heritage, within the framework of Vision 2030 to highlight the national identity.

It should be noted that the traditional art of Sadu weaving has been registered in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the “UNESCO” Organization, which is concerned with highlighting the cultural heritage of the countries of the world.


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