Jaali or Jali
जाली jālī, meaning ‘net’
A Jaali is a perforated screen, typically made of stone. The Mughal Jaali is both functional and decorative, it’s ornamental pattern created with the repetition of a single motif.
Ancient Persian design migrated through Turkey into Afghanistan and further still into Rajasthan. This poly-tradition informed the many glorious Jaali seen throughout the region. Forts, palaces, grand haveli and modest contemporary homes all feature this beautiful, breezy, stone net.
We see through the Jaali, but not into it. Protected from harsh direct light but open to air and birdsong, the female Mughal courts relied on jaali for privacy, discretion. And mystery.