Sunday, June 18, 2017

Painted Wood Beams, an Arabic option to work with when the existing structure is historically inaccurate

One feature of the old mud house I bought that my Omani husband doesn't like it that someone tried to "fix it" but installing skinny wooden beams, instead of exposed palm trunks which might have been skinned and painted in a more rustic fashion, with white Arabic calligraphy, or simplistic floral motifs.

If the house does not require us doing anything for structural integrity, however, I am not willing to pay the expense of re-doing the ceilings in all the rooms. I promised him I could fix them, so I've been looking at the art of the Arabian-style painted ceiling.

Oman's most famous examples come from Jabrin, but other houses in Muscat have similar painted ceilings.
Of course when I think of Arabian-style painted ceilings, I think of Bahia in Morocco.
I think of Morocco in general.
Leaving Arabia, painted ceilings make me think Hearst Castle, in California, USA:
And Blois in France:
I mean, you should see the roof beams in old English and Scottish castles.
Always painted. And French country style beams are close to what we've got in the mud house here in Oman:
So I dunno. I am sure I can make them nice, so we don't have to spend a lot of time and money and put in these:

1 comment:

mm88 said...

Can't wait to see photos of your mud house! Best wishes.