What is it about Mashrabiya (the Islamic window lattice screen) that provokes architect and designers to re interpret its design?
whether in Architecture as can be seen in Albahar tawers:
or even furniture
Nehal, Mashrabiya and other lattice designs most probably appeal to the senses because lattice is what I call "openwork" design, where the lattice acts as an overlay and yet does not detract from the view beyond.
As an aesthetic phenomena, I noticed this particularly with both garden shrubs growing through a hole in a brick wall to the outside, and garden shrubs growing through thin metal railings. :)))
Frank John Snelling
Nehal, further to my post above, the whole essence of any lattice design (and I have a fascinating book on traditional Chinese lattice), is that there is always a partial obscuring or opaquing of the view beyond which gives a spicy element of mystery to an otherwise mundane scene.
Consider the difference between a glass wall which reveals everything and a glass wall with a veil of mashrabiya. Which is the more interesting? The glass wall which leaves nothing to the imagination? or The glass wall tantalisingly showing a semi-seen scene behind a veil of mashrabiya?