Whilst we were trekking through the endless Jordanian desert, we came across the archaeological city of Petra. Created by the Nabataeans in the 6th Century BC, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Amazingly it was left unknown to the western world as recently 1812, when Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt found it.
Among the dusty red backdrop of the area, chariots led by somber looking horses ship the steady stream of tourists up and down the narrow gorges, passing tombs that in another setting, would stand out as an amazing human achievement in its on right, but this is Petra and these tombs are dwarfed by the major attractions, such as the 'Al Khazneh,' The Treasury.
The horses were laid with blankets and old sacks to give obvious protection to the riders. We found the fun patterns and the strong mix of colours a stark contrast to the endlessness of the bleak desert which surrounds Petra. The mix of leathers, the texture of the horses hair and the vibrant colours and patterns become its own mood board.
Photos: ALEXANDER WATERWORTH INTERIORS