Sunday, December 11, 2005

Mashrabiya Screen

Darcie asked about the mashrabiya screen. Here's a picture of the whole thing. We use it for decoration, but the original intent of mashrabiya was to allow the women of the house to have open windows, yet hide them from outside eyes.

This is a beautiful piece of work - each one of these pieces was lathed by hand and then set together without any glue.

5 comments:

Finn said...

It's sooo beautiful..love hearing the history of them, and love your creative use..way to go!

Dawn said...

Oh Tonya - it is GORGEOUS! I"ve never seen something so beautiful. And I had no idea that was the original intent for them! What a treat to have your own!

Tropical Screamer said...

What a beautiful piece, Tonya. And it generated an wonderful conversation at my house about cultural beliefs.

Thank you for sharing.

Sarah said...

It is beautiful! What workmanship!

Sarah

Darcie said...

Thanks for the explanation of your mashrabiya screen, Tonya. That was very interesting.

Your screen is absolutely an exquisite work of art. Wow! Someone is using their talents wisely. Beautiful.

Darcie