The iwan is enclosed with two small stone muqarnas
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24; see also Ebba Koch, "Mughal Palace Gardens from Babur to Shah Jahan (1526-1648)", Muqarnas
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DIFC describes the exterior of the building as minimal, noting however that the interior will be more elaborate and will feature an expansive main chandelier that is inspired by the traditional Muqarnas
. Additionally, DIFC says the outer cube form uses a hanging mashrabiya screen that acts as a veil to provide shade and privacy to certain areas and opens at the public areas.
The interior of the mosque features an expansive main chandelier inspired by traditional muqarnas
, a type of decorative vaulting typical in Arabic architecture.
The exterior has minimalistic design while the interior tends to be more elaborate with an expansive main chandelier that is inspired by the traditional Muqarnas
(a form of ornamented vaulting in Islamic architecture).
On the painted muqarnas
ceiling of the Palatine Chapel in Palermo, constructed c.
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are a visually stunning allegorical feature of almost every vault and archway, formed from stucco on a wooden base, intended to signify stalactites in the cave where, in his flight from Mecca to Medina, the Prophet sheltered from his enemies.