History of Mashrabiya

Almashrabiya (Arabic: مشربية), is an architectural element which is a characteristic of Arabic residences. It is a type of projecting oriel window enclosed with carved wood latticework located on the second story of a building or higher, often lined with stained glass. The mashrabiya is an element of traditional Arabic architecture used since the Middle Ages up to the mid-20th century. It is most commonly used on the street side of the building; however, it may also be used internally on the sahn (courtyard) side.


Bayt Al-Suhaymi Old 17th-century