Floating Homes of Iraq

www.messynessychic.com:2014:11:12:the-floating-basket-homes-of-iraq-a-paradise-almost-lost-to-saddam:

It was Iraq’s ‘Garden of Eden’; unique wetlands in southern Iraq where a people known as the Ma’dan, or ‘Arabs of the marsh,’ lived in a Mesopotamian Venice, characterized by beautifully elaborate floating houses…

These little-known architectural wonders are known as a mudhif; built without nails, wood or glass in under three days, even the islands the houses rest on are made of compacted mud and rushes.

It’s a construction method that has been used by the dwellers of the plains for thousands of years, but in recent decades, this exotic architecture has almost completely disappeared, and at risk of being lost along with it of course, is the ancient knowledge of the unique building technique itself…

The full article is here.

Also: www.natureiraq.org

Sent us by Rich (Cerebral Vortex)

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