The only embroidered Quran is in Pakistan

Lahore, Apr 27 | Updated: Apr 28 2007, 07:32am hrs
Early manuscripts of the Quran, from the time of its revelation, were typically written on all kinds of materials but it got better as it was passed down from one generation to the next.

In the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad, parts of the revelations were written on bones, animal skins and palm leaves and the ink was prepared from soot. There were also Quran written on parchment made from gazelle and camel skins dating years back, after the Prophet's death, but the better copies of the Quran were made after the printing machine was invented.

However, unknown to many, there is a Quran, believed to be the only one in the world, which has its verses embroidered in thread. This Quran is divided into 30 sections, all of which are now placed under lock and key in glass cabinets in an exhibition hall inside Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan.

Muhammad Yousuf, mosque spokesperson said the Quran was discovered after the death of its maker, Attar Mohamed, just three days after he completed the needlework.