Angawi House: Carved Door & Pool

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I recently had the pleasure of visiting the home of a well known expert on traditional Islamic architecture and social activist, Dr. Sami Angawi. He spent more than ten years building this place, which is partially open to the public, that is a tribute to the architecture of this region of western Saudi Arabia called Hejaz. I was with a group of almost fifty people from around the world who were attending a medical conference in Jeddah. We were treated to a personal tour of the property by Dr. Angawi, as well as a lovely traditional Middle Eastern dinner outside under the stars. Intricately carved solid wooden doors like this one are still commonly incorporated in today’s homes as functional design elements.
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A central focal point of the building is an indoor swimming pool around which the house is built. The open pool area is visible from several floors above. Making it even more special is the fact that the pool bottom is tiled in an intricate blue mosaic pattern which appears to be a Persian carpet. It is exquisite.

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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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19 Responses to Angawi House: Carved Door & Pool

  1. hasan al hasan says:

    where Dr Sami’s House located

    • I’m sorry, but I’ve only been there once, and it’s very difficult to explain where places are when I don’t know the street names. Not being able to drive here makes it hard trying to give directions. The general area is maybe near Malik Road (or Sultan) and maybe Rawdah – but I’m not really sure. So sorry.

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  3. Chiara says:

    So beautiful–thanks for this visit!

  4. Dina says:

    Cool. Long live modesty!

  5. Hi Dina – Yes, younger women here wear the Burqini. I haven’t seen them sold in stores, but they are available online.

  6. Dina says:

    While in Australia I heard about the Burqini swimwear designed and made in Australia for Muslim women.
    Anything like that in The Kingdom?

  7. Thanks to all of you who stopped by and left comments!

    Hi GeoGypsy – Many villas have pools here. A woman can swim in a bathing suit here in private as long as no men are around (other than her husband and sons). The sad truth is that many women here do not know how to swim and don’t really care to swim, even though it’s blistering hot here. Two of my sisters-in-law have swimming pools at their villas, and to my knowledge, they never go swimming.

  8. Geogypsy says:

    What a magnificent place. That door is to die for, as is the pool. Such delightful tile work, once again.
    Are the women of the household allowed to swim in the pool in anything resembling a swim suit?

  9. Bill B. says:

    Fabulous door and pool!

  10. Judy says:

    What a fantastic door. It’s a fine piece of artwork. I love doors!

  11. m_m says:

    Wonderful! I like this beautiful door and great mosaic!

  12. Dina says:

    Stunning. Glad you got to go in and see.
    Hejaz?? You live in the Hejaz region? I know the name only from the historic (1908-1916) Hijaz Railway. Is it true that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are planning to rebuild the railroad?! What about the section that used to go through our Jezreel Valley?

  13. Wow, the door and the pool are exquisite! Very beautiful.

  14. Bohol Today says:

    This is a work of a true artist. Well done.

  15. Jacob says:

    Most impressive.

  16. washaw says:

    Beautiful door, interesting pool.

  17. Marahm says:

    Experiences such as this one of yours makes all the frustration of living there worthwhile, no?

  18. Sonia says:

    Beautiful! My dh’s uncle also spend tremendous time and effort to build a home using many traditional Islamic architecture and design.

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