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This article is about the Indian architectural element. For West African jali poets, see Griot.

A jali or jaali, (Hindi:जाली jālī) is the term for a perforated stone or latticed screen, usually with an ornamental pattern constructed through the use of calligraphy and geometry. This form of architectural decoration is found in Indian architecture, Indo-Islamic Architecture and Islamic Architecture.

Early jali work was built by carving into stone, while later by the Mughals who employed the technique of inlay, using marble and semi-precious stones.[1]



  1. ^ Thapar, B. (2004). Introduction to Indian architecture. Singapore: Periplus. pg. 81

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