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Walking around in Yemen, one soon becomes attuned to the variations of ochre and blue nearly everywhere, though the contrasts between the two colors seem to be extra-strong in Shibam.

But then, walking around in Shibam, I saw this extraordinary pair of doors - as with the previous picture in this small series dark reddish-brown on the beautifully carved doors set in a pale blue border along the bottom of the wall. But there was a difference: the blue was offset here with a bright green and pink! And to emphasize it, the horizontal green strip is actually slightly sculpted in the (mud) plaster of the wall, not just painted on the surface.

Another interesting detail clearly visible here is the difference between the frames around the two doors: square on the left, pointed on the right here. Like practically everywhere in Yemen, a residential building like this is a family house where an extended family is living together in one building where usually the ground floor is used to house livestock (and I saw lots of goats and sheep roaming around in Shibam!). I'm not 100% sure, but quite likely the door on the left leads directly into the ground-floor stables, while the right-hand door with its more fancy frame is the entrance to the family's living space - probably there will be stairs directly behind this door.

Another small note: apart from the size of a family house, in Yemen extra-fancy and colorful decorations normally signify wealth. The subtle extra details and colors here certainly suggest this.

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