Al Mashrabiya

Mashrabiya

Featured Photo: Mashrabiya by Edmund Azucena

According to our guest artist, “The Mashrabiya is a form of bay window in traditional Arabian architecture and Islamic culture that projects usually from the street side of houses. It is made of carved wood constructed into a beautiful latticework. Besides the charm and beauty in the aesthetic, it is generally known to serve two purposes – to provide a modest area for the women to peer out into the streets whilst remaining invisible to the public, thus, it is said to symbolize the legendary mystery of the Orient – and to impart additional cooling to the house as the open lattices allow a constant current of air into the room.”

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