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Veiling Architecture POD/NR

Veiling Architecture

International Edition
About the Book
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 while allowing 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.

About the Author:
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).

Book Details
ISBN-13: 9789774164873
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Publisher Imprint: American University in Cairo Press
Depth: 19
Language: English
Returnable: Y
Spine Width: 13 mm
Weight: 522 gr
ISBN-10: 9774164873
Publisher Date: 09 Jun 2012
Binding: Paperback
Height: 236 mm
No of Pages: 144
Series Title: English
Sub Title: Decoration of Domestic Buildings in Upper Egypt 1672-1950
Width: 165 mm
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