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Customizing your car: Toyota adds prayer-rug feature

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When buying a car, the first thought that tends to run through a buyer’s mind is usually the brand, the color or the need for a leather interior.

Toyota is giving us a new option: a prayer-rug furnishing.

Toyota Japan has executed an agreement with Toyota Saudi Arabia that some of Toyota’s models to a number of Gulf countries will include the religious add-on, reported Saudi Gazette on Thursday.

The process of exporting the prayer rugs began four months ago, Jawaher al-Zahrani, Director of the Nafeesa Shams Academy for Arts and Handicrafts, told Saudi Gazette.

The rugs are made by Saudi women who have been trained at the Nafeesa Shams Academy.

The materials are supplied to the women at their houses where they undertake the weaving process

A team of 250 Saudi women are working to produce the prayer rugs, according to the Saudi Gazette.

Al-Zahrani told the newspaper that about 1,500 prayer rugs are shipped to Japan each month.

The quality of the material used for the rugs and the weaving process faces intense scrutiny, ensuring a finished product of high quality, he said.