Notes on the Geography of Yemen: Shibam: Photo 24
Deep-set windows had no glass but are screened with the thorny ilb tree; windows are placed low on the wall for a better view of the street. The flat ceiling or musattahah is made of branches of palm or Zizyphus spinachristi overlaid with thinner branches. During the 1980s, some owners substituted iron pipe that had been imported for water mains.
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