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Veiling Architecture: Decoration of Domestic Buildings in Upper Egypt 1672-1950

Ahmed Abdel-Gawad

Abstract

In the Nile Valley and desert oases south of Cairo—Upper Egypt—surviving domestic buildings from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries demonstrate a unique and varied strand of traditional decoration. Intricate patterns in wood, iron, or plaster adorn doorways, balconies, windows, and rooflines in towns and villages throughout the region. One of the most distinctive cultural features of these traditional homes is the decorated wooden balcony-screen—with jigsaw-cut patterns often based on creative repetitions, inversions, and mirrorings of the Arabic letter waw—which was des ... More

Keywords: Upper Egyptian doorways, ornamentation, fanlight, motif, architecture, wooden screens, balconies, arabesque, mashrabiya, Neo-Islamic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9789774164873
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774164873.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ahmed Abdel-Gawad, author
Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt