Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jeddah: Al Balad Oldstyle Home Interior

Small stained glass panels like these shown here were common features of the old homes of yesteryear in Jeddah.  Carved wood furnishings and beautifully patterned fabrics all worked together to make the old style homes warm and welcoming.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Jeddah: Old Town Balad Window

For me, this crudely carved sold wood window covering has great appeal and charm.  It is in the oldest historic part of Jeddah, called Al Balad. It's a shame that many of the buildings are crumbling or have been destroyed by fires over the years.  

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Our World: Jeddah's Elegant Antique Seating

The photos in this post were all taken in one of the old museum homes down in the Al Balad area of Jeddah.  Saudis tend to have very formal taste in furnishings, like this amazing inlaid wood and tapestry couch.  Doesn't exactly look all that comfortable to lounge around on though ...

This intricately painted wooden chair sports a woven seat.  I don't know about those back rails or the seat part being all that comfortable either.  Looks rather stiff and upright, but I guess the beauty of it was more important than comfort.

Carved wooden frame with rich red velvet cushions were very typical of the old style era.  Some modern homes might incorporate something like this as a visual accent today.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Jeddah: Man and his Cat

I feel fortunate when I get permission to take portraits of people here in Saudi Arabia.  Many times I am turned down, but this gentleman was very gracious and was so proud of his cat purring in his lap.  

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Jeddah: Antique Inlaid Telephone

Have you ever seen a phone like this before?  I hadn't, until I laid eyes on it in Jeddah's Al Balad district.  I was on a tour of the museum homes in the old part of Jeddah and this was on display as part of the furnishings of a time gone by.  I believe a phone like this may have been imported from either Syria or India, where this type of inlay work is made.  

Friday, October 13, 2017

SkyWatch Jeddah: Layered Buildings

The angle of this shot makes it appear as though the top left building is part of the lower building in front of it.

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