August 4th, 2007


Jali designs are something that I have seen popping up here and there lately.  “Jali” means net or latticework in Hindustani and the intricate designs were generally carved in sandstone, and later, in wood. They were and are used extensively in Islamic architecture and even more so in Indian architecture. The carved stone “screens” were used architecturally as window and door coverings, screens and to decorate facades. The beautiful graphic photos shown here are from artist Andrew Senior’s photo gallery.

Jali Screen Patterns

We have developed quite a few Jali designs into Modello patterns recently. Until recently, I was clueless as to their origin-I just loved the designs. Being a little more educated now, I love them even more! These would be great to emboss plasters through to create a slight relief that could imitate the look of real carved sandstone, but they would be equally lovely as allover floor or wall patterns or painted onto a tabletop.

Jali Modello Patterns

5 Responses to “Jali”

  1. Rhonda Canales Says:

    Oh… once again you have my head spinning with application and treatment ideas. I think it would be so much fun to get a group together, lock ourselves in a room and brain storm. Oh the artistic places we could go!!

  2. Melanie Says:

    That WOULD be fun! Now you are giving ME ideas…..


  3. Rhonda Canales Says:

    Just as long as you include me!! I would love to get together with you again.

  4. Rebecca Parsons Says:

    melanie…i had no idea that you had blogs…just did an article on them for TAS…i would like to have your thoughts on them for the next issue…i have talked about stenciling on my blog today…that’s how i found yours…beautifuol work as usual…blessings, rebecca

  5. Ruchir Tiwari Says:

    The above designs are really very good. They are a mix of modern as well as traditional forms of ‘Jalis’. If you wish to see more traditional designs do let me know. Will email you the images of them.