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Interior of a House, Cairo

Interior of a House

James Wild
Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper
V&A: E.3763-1938

This drawing shows a grille, known as a 'mashrabiya', made of carved wood. These grilles were incorporated into the windows and exterior walls of many domestic buildings in Cairo. They provided shade from the sun, while also allowing air to pass through freely from outside, creating a cool, calm, private interior.



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