Monday, August 13, 2007

Practicing The Old Arts


Mashrabeya is an old art form in Egypt, originally used to cool the air coming through a window and provide privacy for viewers within the house. Now it is used more decoratively for screens, furniture and mirror or picture frames. This carpentry shop on Road 9 in Maadi is one of the places where you can buy items made with this technique or order something to your own design.

4 comments:

Neva said...

I have never seen or heard of this before(no surprise I guess)but it looks interesting. Did or does it really cool?

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

From my freshman physics class: if you force air through a smaller space, it gets colder. Like the air that comes out of a spray can.

Cairogal said...

MA, your posts are like a photo album for me. Love the glimpses of the Cairo I know..

Lessie said...

It is truly a beautiful art form.