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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, meaning "net") 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.[1]

Early jali work was built by carving into stone, generally in geometric patterns, while later the Mughals used very finely carved plant-based designs, as at the Taj Mahal. They also often added inlay to the surrounds, using marble and semi-precious stones.[2][3]



  1. ^ Lerner, p. 156
  2. ^ Lerner, p. 156
  3. ^ Thapar, B. (2004). Introduction to Indian architecture. Singapore: Periplus. pg. 81


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