Mashrabiya Window


This is an Arabic window made from carved wood with a lattice pattern. Mashrabiyas came about in the middle ages and were used in houses and palaces through the mid-20th century. They are prevalent in urban Egypt, Iraq, Levant and Hejaz. One theory as to how the Mashrabiya got its name by deriving from the verb Ashrafa, meaning to overlook or observe.

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