CDP Theme Day: Wood


This architectural detailing applied to the windows of many dwellings here in Saudi Arabia is called rawasheen. It is a very practical and useful addition to homes here. The slats allow cool air to circulate thus providing a flow of fresh air inside while at the same time affording shade from the harsh sun as well as privacy for the building’s inhabitants. This specimen of rawasheen is from one of the most famous private homes in Jeddah. The home belongs to and was built by native Saudi architect Sami Angawi, whose home is a tribute to the classical Saudi architectural styles. Traditionally wood has been used for much of the trim details of homes and this is a fine example of how it is done.
To see a few previous posts featuring other parts of this exquisite home, just click on these links: Angawi Tiled Mosaic Pool; Angawi House Inside Arch; Angawi House Detail; and Angawi House Carved Door and Pool.
City Daily Photo is an online community of photo bloggers from cities around the globe who share glimpses of their cities with the rest of the world. The first of each month is CDP’s Theme Day. Today’s theme is WOOD. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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14 Responses to CDP Theme Day: Wood

  1. Chiara says:

    I love this photo, the rawasheen, the colour and the architectural design. Thanks for explaining further the climatic advantages and how they work.

  2. rantingcynic says:

    Keep Snapping those photos, they are trips to another world for me.
    -Cheers-

  3. Mary Ann says:

    We used to have this kind of wooden work as one of the walls in our family room and the hallway. Very traditional. I love it. Super photo.

  4. Judy says:

    It does look like it would make it cooler inside, while adding a beautiful detail to the home. Excellent choice for the theme.

  5. Bill B says:

    A magnificent addition to any home. Would be practical here, as well.

  6. Hilda says:

    It’s gorgeous! I think we can definitely use this particular detail here in the Philippines. Thank you for this very informative post about traditional Saudi architecture. A wonderful choice for the theme.

  7. Rachel says:

    It almost looks like a tiny, private balcony that you could sit on and enjoy the night air. I want one!

    I’ve been wondering for a long time if you have any pest bugs over there, like how in the US we have flies and mosquitoes and such?

    • There are definitely flies and mosquitos here!!! And you are right that many of these fabrications are like a private balcony. In the old days, the families used to gather together and sit in there to talk. It was cooler and cozy for them.

  8. WOW – a fantastic, WOODEN, architectural detail! NO smoking near there, eh?! Nice theme day posting!

  9. Bill S. says:

    Fantastic woodwork. Working with wood is one of my hobbies and it take a lot of work and time. Great photo.

  10. J Bar says:

    Terrific theme day post. Extraordinary woodwork.

  11. Julie says:

    Astoundingly beautiful and delicate while at the same time being extremely practical. Love that you have posted this for our Theme Day.

  12. Dina says:

    Very very beautiful.

  13. very decorative and useful element of wood to add to a home. very interesting information. Happy Theme Day!

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