Sotheby's, the famous auction firm, sold in Doha, Qatar a carpet that was originally dedicated to the shrine of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)for $ 5.5 million. The carpet which is known as Baroda Pearl Carpet, has been the property of the Indian family for nearly a hundred years. The story of this carpet started when the Maharaja of Baroda (present-day Vadodara, Gujarat) converted to Islam a hundred years ago, he ordered to weave a precious carpet to be a cover for the tomb of the Holy Prophet in Medina.
The carpet is 2.5 meters long and 1.5 meters wide and has a light beige color, but the gems and precious stones makes it radiant with color. The carpet - which had never been auctioned – was exhibited in New Delhi in 1902 and 1903 and then moved to Monaco, and was exhibited again in 1985 in New York. The carpet is wholly covered by ornaments and contains nearly two million natural saltwater Basra pearls from the Arabian Gulf. It is inlaid abundantly with diamonds, rubies, emeralds and other precious stones. It reflects the Indian designs of the eighth century which shows in the center of the carpet in the three forms of pink circulars made of diamonds and set against a background of gold and silver.
In his life, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) slept on a straw mat or a leather mattress stuffed with fiber, living a life of humility and simplicity. Certainly, if he is alive, he would not have approved such a carpet.