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The Architecture of Houses in the Motipol Locality, Old Surat

'Motipol' literally means the locality of the pearls. The area was referred to as such due to the high concentration of pearl traders in it. Being a prominent port for several centuries meant that Surat had a thriving pearl trade that was considerably lucrative and allowed its participants access to various regions extending beyond the present-day subcontinent. These myriad regional influences found their way into the architecture of the houses in this locality, as can be observed even today. The houses here represent a further evolved version of a traditional house form, with eclectic influences in the detailing of individual elements ranging from local ones, to Arabesque and Baroque ones. A remarkable element common to these houses is their balcony projections.