Southwestern Terms & Glossary
The Spanish and adobe influences in local
design have brought several
peeled log beam. They may been seen inside as well as
(1-2 inch) peeled poles used for the ceiling. Straight,
Red clay floor tile, commonly 12 inches square but sometimes
TERRAZZO: A flooring material of marble or stone chips set in mortar and polished when dry
above a window. In southwestern homes, the lintel often is
CORBEL: A short,
supporting timber under a beam or arch. The end of the
carved into a wall. Originally, these nichos served as shrines
BANCO: Built-in seating, often with an upholstered cushion.
RISTA: Dried and strung red chilies, now mostly used as decorative ornaments.
KIVA: A style of fireplace typically a rounded front in the corner of a room.
EXPOSED ADOBE WALLS: Adobe is a sun-dried, unburned brick of clay and straw. A structure can be built with this type of brick. Sometimes the bricks are left unplastered so they can be seen.
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