Traditional Architecture in Kuwait and The Northern Gulf.

Lewcock, Ronald & Zahra Freeth.

Book ID: 12204


4to. 172 pp., Arabic & English text, 1 map, profusely illustrated in colour & b/w illus., end paper plates, glossy pictorial Hardback as published, previous owner’s name and date inscribed on end papers, oterwise copy clean & in very good condition, The United Bank of Kuwait LTD & Art and Archaeology Research Papers, Kuwait, 1978.


…”Little has survived of old Kuwaiti architecture due to the high speed of development. Kuwait s traditional building materials were rubble stone covered with thick mud plaster, mud brick and sometimes Cora stone. Wood was rare, though mangrove poles imported from East Africa were used for roofs, as were some other few select woods from India. Early Kuwaiti architecture was relatively simple and describes as being based on common sense. Houses had a simple and basic exterior designs, and most artistic touches were found on main doors and windows. These houses having to accommodate the communal and tight knit nature of Kuwaiti society were divided into separate quarters accommodating different members of one family, usually the male children of the owner and their wives. It is common to find central courts, as is the case in other Arab countries, that served as a gathering place for the families. Later, during the 18th century typical Kuwait merchant house was built in the Ottoman style that reached the city from Basra. Ottoman features included projecting wooden balconies enclosed with wooden screens or mushrabiya and covered wooden doorways which sometimes included European motifs. The extreme heat of the city made wind catchers and ventilation a necessity for most houses…”(from the introduction)

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