March 2, 2013

Traditional Home, Libya

Photograph by George Steinmetz, National Geographic

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Kasim Abdu Salaam Habib, 39, opens his lovingly decorated 600-year-old home to foreign tourists in Ghadames in western Libya. The house needs repairs, and visitors are scarce these days. But Habib is optimistic. "I want to see Libya as a democracy," he says.

See more pictures from the February 2013 feature story "New Old Libya."


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13 comments
Tatyana Akindinova
Tatyana Akindinova

Дом-настроение.Теплые тона и яркие краски делают его праздничным.

W. TU
W. TU

escaped bombing by the french?

Once again
Once again

It seems so much but it is a great effort and i liked looking at each object separately.

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

Windowless! The lack of furniture and my claustrophobia, gives me the feeling of a pretty jail, albeit quite unique.

Gerry Cunningham
Gerry Cunningham

This appeals to me a lot...it is inviting me to visit :)

A. Farooque
A. Farooque

@Cedar Waxwing  I think, the room does have window. Actually there are two windows...One is in front and the 2nd is on the left side of the pic. Please don't be confused with other decorated doors placed under the stairs. Those are closets. Also, the red box decorations (two in front and the other one is at left) are ventilation system (perforated bricks), usually made beside/around doors or windows in old fashioned houses.

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

@Abdullah Farooque @Cedar Waxwing  One, maybe two windows you can't look out of, is not my idea of having windows. May I add, pretty doors leading to closets doesn't help my claustrophobia. Plus I prefer a chair, maybe a reading lamp, throw a few books in, you know, just some of the simple comforts in life you might not find in a jail. I know there are different strokes for different folks and this may be comfort for some. But for me it still gives me an uncomfortable feeling of being boxed in. Plus for me, this room is ostentatious. And I know that's a culture thing. It's just how I feel. 

Give me lots and lots of windows


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