SkyWatch: Green Rawasheen

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Another example of the distinctive wooden window coverings and balconies of early Jeddah’s Al-Balad architecture, these painted green rawasheen were not only a beautiful decorative element but a very practical element as well. Old Jeddah’s buildings did not have glass windows. Instead these wooden coverings were used. Many were painted turquoise blue or green, although some were painted brown, and others were left natural. The slatted designs would catch the cool air currents from the Red Sea, cooling the interior of the building. Most of the buildings were four and five stories high, providing shade from the harsh sun. (Click on image to view enlargement in greater detail.)
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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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18 Responses to SkyWatch: Green Rawasheen

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  2. Arija says:

    A beautiful photo of a very interesting house. I like the electricity connections above as well.

  3. Dina says:

    But it must be pretty dark inside, no?
    Have you ever enter one of these old buildings?

  4. tash says:

    It is beautiful and very interesting. Exceptional sky watch.

  5. Kim says:

    Wow Susie, this image feeds my need for some exotic travel adventure. It is always so fun to come to JDP and glimpse your surroundings. I love learning about the slatted window covers, and love seeing how beautiful they look in this light.

  6. janice says:

    Thank you, Susie, now I can’t wait to take a closer look at the detail.

  7. SandyCarlson says:

    Oh, gorgeous! Just sounds so nice to be inside, too.

  8. Eric says:

    Great contrast with the Building and the Sky, nice!!!

    Have a great Skywatch Friday!!

    Greetings from NL

  9. Another interesting and informative post of Saudi Arabia. I always feel like I’m taking a unique trip when I visit your blog. Great work. Keep it up.

  10. Ann says:

    Intriguing building.

  11. Happy SWF! This building looks like something that would appear in and adventure movie! You know, Indiana Jones was here!

  12. Gaelyn says:

    An interesting shade of green. The buildings look rather dilapitated. But I like it.

  13. James says:

    Very interesting building and thanks for explaining.

  14. J Bar says:

    You always find such interesting buildings.
    Sydney – City and Suburbs

  15. Guy D says:

    What a unique and interesting building, great shot Susie.

    Have a great weekend
    Regina In Pictures

  16. Interesting architecture. I’m sure all the shades come in handy to keep out that desert heat.

  17. Lovely building and I, too, like the shade of green. Interesting details always make your posts so interesting and informative and fun to read!

    Enjoy the weekend!

  18. Photo Cache says:

    that is beautiful. i like this shade of green too.

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