My husband and I were in Jerusalem this week, and I thought I'd share with you a few details from this old 100 year old home (now a tzimmer—a bed and breakfast without the breakfast.....) in Baka, a historic neighborhood in South Jerusalem. As it turns out, I'm not the only one who loves old homes, and you can buy one for yourself in Baka for around $2.5million, yes, dollars. For that price it may or may not be renovated, but you can be sure it has super high ceilings, arched windows, small rooms, a large central hallway, and hopefully the original flooring and wooden doors. I doubt you'll find many that have a crocheted granny blanket being used as a curtain to block an unsightly storage area.
Oh my, just look at this original tiled floor. And the high ceilings, perfect for hanging simple block printed Indian textiles over the headboard!
If you'd like to warm the place up a bit, so cover the entrance hall with a long hand woven Bedouin rug, just don't ever put it out in the sun to air it out, these colors fade quickly....I learned that lesson myself.
And when you're out on the front porch enjoying your morning coffee, don't forget to enjoy the lovely tile floor there too. Interestingly enough, I have seen similar flooring in photos of old homes in Spain! I really don't know much about them, or even what they're made of exactly (concrete + clay maybe?) or how the design is applied. I do know that they're still intact after 100 years of wear and tear, which is pretty amazing!