Tatami, Rumah Ibu & Scripture Halls: Faraway Rooms

Tatami, Rumah Ibu & Scripture Halls: Faraway Rooms

Regina Yunghans
Jul 29, 2010

We've got our living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, and baths. But what other types of rooms are there in homes across the planet? Let's take a look at a few that are somewhat unfamiliar to us here in the States:

  • Tatami Room: In Japanese homes, it is not unusual for at least one room to be washitsu (traditional Japanese-styled). The room might be for receiving guests or for resting. Its floors are covered with tatami mats, which determine to overall size and proportion of the room. The doors are probably sliding instead of swinging and may be made of shoji screen.
  • Rumah Ibu: The main room of a traditional Malay house is open to promote cross ventilation. Its furnishings are minimal and many activities are done on mats on the floor, meaning multiple functions can take place in the same room at different times of the day (like sleeping at night, rolling the sleeping mats up in the day and using the space as a living room).
  • Scripture Hall: The scripture hall is laid out in the middle of a traditional Tibetan home. Read more about traditional Tibetan houses at Tibet Travel.

Have you visited a far-away home that had a room with a function that was all new to you? Please share in the comments below!

(Images: Wikipedia licensed for use under Creative Commons, All About Malaysia, )

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