The Pearl Merchant's Majlis

Before the discovery of oil in the Arabian Gulf, pearl diving provided the main income for many of the population. The pearl merchants were the most respected families of the area. Each merchant owned a few diving dhows. Their houses were large, showing their status in the community, with long spacious rooms surrounding a central courtyard. This is an example of one of the rooms made of local materials, often slabs of sea coral. The walls are half a meter thick, keeping the interiors cool during the heat of the long summers.

  • ● Oil paint on Canvas
  • ● Painted 2014
  • ● 88cm X 63cm