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Nov202011

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I was reading the recent issue of House Beautiful and this girl's  room caught my eye.  The wall covering, designed to replicate piercework screens from India is amazing!  You could lie on this bed and imagine you were in the Taj Mahl. (The wallcovering is Bombay by Brunswig and Fils. 

 

Piercework screening made by craftsmen in India as well as Islamic cultures is called jalis. This elegant jali in the Taj Mahal (built in the 1600's  by the Mughals) was made using  the technique of inlay with semi-precious stones. 

 

An earlier  Indian  pierced lattice  screen,  from the 16th century in the Metropolitan Museum, is carved from red sandstone.  

 Photo credits:  House Beautiful Dec/Jan 2012,  india-tourist-places.com, metmuseum.org

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Reader Comments (1)

Amazing work in marble and stone, but to what purpose? Does anyone care to think about the degradation, despoilation, exploitation and misery at the quarries and building sites? I am not criticising you for posting these pictures, of course, I am just reminding anyone who passes this way that it is always best to keep it simple, non-violent and as close to nature as possible, while still enjoying some creature comforts. As Gandhi said, there is enough for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed.

Cheers and thanks for the space.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSumi

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