Tigrai Online Dec. 13, 2012
Houses in Tigrai are usually built from amazing stone masonry and they are rectangular in shape. Sometimes they can be round but the round and rectangular houses have flat roofs of wood covered with mortar and wide overhanging eaves to protect the walls from rain water. On the outside of the houses they have beautifully built stone steps leading to the roof where the roof is used for many purposes. In some cases the houses could double story buildings the upstairs would be used as a bedroom, leaving room or guest room.
The interior is painted with white or off white color made from crashed local limestone, cow dung, and hey. The ceiling is absolutely stunning hand curved wood arranged in an artistic geometric patterns usually crosses. A good family house would have three free standing buildings; the storage where the family crop is kept, the living room, the kitchen where the food cooked for the family. All the rooms can double as bedrooms. Tigrai houses have been guilt for thausands of years with not much change.
The kitchen is almost always round stone house with a conical roof covered with straws. It has a smoke escapes made from a broken water pot that serves as a chimney. More modern homes have tin roofs.