Abha’s mud houses

A typical old house style in the mountainous south-western province of Aseer. “Aseer” means “difficult”, sort of like the way we would find a region named the “badlands” if it was historically hard to travel through.

The houses are made of mud reinforced with camel hair. The upper areas have a local flat stone between the bricks. Plaster has been applied to the outside of the building, and is coming off.

The lower areas of this building are stone, with smaller flat stones wedged into the chinks. Cooking smells emanate from the closed window: this place is definitely occupied.

The name on the wall in English letters is “Waleed”, meaning “boy”, a common boy’s name in the Arabic language.

Someone lives here, for sure.

In a different area, up on a hill, I found this building. Garage?

And satellite dish.

The back has been updated with modern brick. Probably the lady of the house wanted a little privacy so she could go outside to hang up laundry without putting on an abaya, the black polyester floor length coat women are required to wear in public.

Between the layers of mudbrick they use a local flat gray stone that looks like slate.

Behind a wall you can see where someone has made a pile of the flat gray stone.

Just for curiosity, this is a building on one of the main streets. An apartment building? It looks like it’s only about one room wide.

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