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  The main living rom
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  • The main living rom - Libya
      The main living rom
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  • Cupboards and mirrors - Libya
      Cupboards and mirrors
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  • A niche for storage - Libya
      A niche for storage
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  • Stairway to the roof and other rooms - Libya
      Stairway to the roof and other rooms
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The dim passages and blank walls of the streets and lanes of Ghadames give absolutely no indication of what lies within. Not only are they surprisingly large, they truly are works of art - form and function marrying beautifully with the climate, the traditional way of life and a unique and extraordinarily vibrant way of decorating that made use of the most readily available materials - sun-dried bricks and gypsum for the walls, palm tree trunks for the doors and ceilings and red pigment made from pomegranate juice for the intricate red patterns that outine cupboards, niches and mirrors (used to bounce the light from the one or two tiny openings high on the walls and in the ceiling), stairs and doorways, carved panels in the stark white plaster walls and that dance around the room in the most wonderful way.

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  • Updated Feb 6, 2006
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