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Mashrabiya screen on display in the British Museum

Latticework is an openwork framework consisting of a criss-crossed pattern of strips of building material, typically wood or metal. The design is created by crossing the strips to form a network.[1] Latticework can be purely ornamental, or can be used as a truss structure such as a lattice girder bridge.[2]

Latticework in stone or wood from the classical period is also called transenna (plural transenne).

In India, the house of a rich or noble person may be built with a baramdah or verandah surrounding every level leading to the living area. The upper floors often have balconies overlooking the street that are shielded by jalis (latticed screens) carved in stone latticework that keeps the area cool and gives privacy.[3]


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  1. ^ Ching, Francis D.K. (1995). A Visual Dictionary of Architecture. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. p. 27. ISBN 0-471-28451-3. 
  2. ^ "Latticework". Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  3. ^ Thapar, Binda (2004). Introduction to Asian Architecture. Singapore: Periplus Editions. pp. 16–17. ISBN 0-7946-0011-5. 

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