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A jali (or jaali) is the term for a perforated stone or lattice screen, usually with an ornamental pattern constructed through the use of calligraphy and geometry. Early work was performed by carving into stone, while the later more elegant used by the Mughals employed the technique of inlay, using marble and semi-precious stones.

This architectural decoration was used in Islamic architecture as well as in Indian architecture.

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File:TajJoli1.jpg|Intricate jaali screens surrounding the cenotaphs, Taj Mahalmarker interior.File:Taj Inside 1.jpg|Details of Jaali screens of marble pierce work, surrounding royal cenotaphs, Taj Mahal, Agra.Image:Sidi Saiyyad Ni Jaali.jpg|One of the famous intricate jaalis from the Sidi Saiyyed mosque in Ahmedabadmarker, India

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Art and designLatticework an ornamental and/or structural criss-crossed framework, an arrangement of crossing laths or other thin strips of material

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