The Arabian Peninsula of course covers a vast area of different Bedouin tribes and peoples. We would like to focus here on the more general character of the veils used in this area. Here often a Niqab is worn, a veil made out of a single piece of cloth from which slits or holes for the eyes are cut open. The Arab veils are often dark colored, mostly made of textile, such as silk, cotton or linen. In ancient times, silk was often traded and used in veils. In Oman this tradition is still existent (see our page for the Omani Batulah here). The Arabian veils often show a rim of cloth on the front center of the veil that is supported by embroidery or stiches which strengthen the rim and make it stand out from the flat surface of the Niqab (see for instance also the veils from Oman and Rashaida or Iran). In other areas different kinds of material are used for veils, for instance leather (see image top left).
The Arab Bedouin veils are often heavily decorated with metal wire decoration, metal embroidery, silver chains, or the use of coins. Compared to, for instance, the Burqas of the Palestine area, the Arab veils are often more monochrome, but often richly decorated.
(The images on this page are partially made by us, the image on the right is published by National Geographic)