Veiling Architecture: Decoration of Domestic Buildings in Upper Egypt 1672-1950 by Ahmed Abdel-GawadVeiling Architecture: Decoration of Domestic Buildings in Upper Egypt 1672-1950 by Ahmed Abdel-Gawad

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

byAhmed Abdel-Gawad

Paperback | June 6, 2012

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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 designed to veil the residents from public view whileallowing them to take the air and watch the outside world go by.Here, Ahmed Abdel Gawad presents a wide range of these exuberant and largely unknown designs, in both photographs and detailed architectural drawings, for the use and appreciation of designers, decorators, artists, and lovers of vernacular architecture.
Ahmed Abdel-Gawad is a Professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Cairo University and also holds a degree in Islamic architecture from Cairo University. He is the author of Enter in Peace: The Doorways of Cairo Homes, 1872-1950 (AUC Press in 2007).
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Title:Veiling Architecture: Decoration of Domestic Buildings in Upper Egypt 1672-1950Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9 × 6.5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 6, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9774164873

ISBN - 13:9789774164873

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