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moucharaby

in Islamic or Islamic-influenced architecture, an oriel, or projecting second-story window of latticework. The moucharaby is a familiar feature of residences in cities of North Africa and the Middle East; in France, where it was introduced from colonial sources, it is known as moucharabieh. These windows are characterized by the use of grills or lattices to replace glass and shutters. The grills are composed of small, turned (shaped on a lathe) wooden bobbins put together in a variety of unique and intricate geometric patterns

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