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FAYA - The Mashrabiya Specialist, headquartered in Dubai/UAE  is a specialized manufacturer / supplier of intricate Mashrabiya screens on metals, wood, brass , MDF, HPL etc  for the construction industry, architecture and interior design sectors in the Middle East .FAYA offers innovative  solutions for those who seek the rare and the exceptional.  FAYA's  Mashrabiya product range has been  developed by our in-house  Engineers and can be customized as per every project requirement .

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History of Mashrabiya>>> The use of mashrabiya  originated hundreds of years ago, from the domestic need to cool water pots. The shade and open lattice of a screened mashra-biya balcony on the first floor of a  house provided an area in a home where there was a constant current of air to cool off the water inside clay jars as the sweating evaporated from their porous surfaces. This was such an important function that balconies grew in size to become sufficiently large to accommodate numerous water pots. From this original usage mashrabiya balconies gradually developed into an architectural feature that at one and the same time served as a room extension, window, curtain, and air conditioner . Shrewdly designed, they not only subdued the strong desert sunlight, but also, interestingly, cooled buildings  as they permitted breezes to enter homes in the summer that were freshened because their fine wood absorbed the humidity from the air.

Mashrabiys in modern Architecture >>> The delicate mashrabiya has offered effective protection against intense sunlight in the Middle East for several centuries. However, nowadays this traditional Islamic window element with its characteristic latticework is used to cover entire buildings as an oriental ornament, providing local identity and a sun-shading device for cooling. In fact, designers have even transformed the vernacular wooden structure into high-tech responsive daylight systems. With the development from ancient to modern mashrabiya, the role of the screen has changed from a layer to protect against outside views to an element that attracts the outside viewer.