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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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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