Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Museum for Art in Wood (ed.)


Ancient Architectures and Contemporary Ideas across the Islamic World

With contributions by Ahmed Abdelazim, Seif El Rashidi, Agnieszka Dobrowolska, and Jennifer-Navva Milliken
248 pages, 22 x 32 cm, approx. 100 ills.

 38,00 incl. VAT

December 2024

Museum for Art in Wood, Philadelphia (USA), 3.3.–23.7.2023
ISBN 978-3-89790-678-5 Categories: , ,


The mashrabiya originated in the ancient world. As a scalable latticed window screen, whose intricate geometries developed with the spread of Islam, it provided ventilation, shade, and privacy to buildings. Today, as restoration efforts revive centuries-old architecture across Cairo and an interest in craft is rekindled by a global maker movement, the wood-turned mashrabiya are not only poignant metaphors for artists, architects, and writers but also sources of inspiration for nascent wood artisans.

This publication, the first dedicated to the study of the mashrabiya, connects a culturally specific craft with contemporary artistic practice. Through photographs conveying the beauty and artistry of these wooden structures as well as contemporary works by leading artists, the complex beauty and meaning of the mashrabiya are brought to life.


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