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The history of Historical Moorish Tile Screens is as elaborate and ornate as the creations by Bellomo Designs.




Historical Moorish Tile Screens

Canmbogé is the French word. Masharabiyan or Rushan are the Egyptian words. In Iraq they are called Shanashil. All these beautiful and interesting words are used to describe the filigree screens that are so important in the architectural styles of Middle Eastern Countries.

In 1983, Philip Bellomo embarked on a creative journey that touched his interest in light, shadow and Middle Eastern Architecture. Moorish Screens were his inspiration. By combining porcelain and the magic of reduction firing, Bellomo accomplished his dream.

Changing patterns of light and shadow as the sun traces over the tiles’ filigree are a delight to the eye as they become functional window coverings or room dividers. The tiles filter out as much as 80% of the sun's rays, while still permitting the flow of air through the filigree, without sacrificing privacy.

These important architectural screens are found across the Middle East with uses in mosques and harems. They're also found in North Africa, Sicily and Spain. (Arab period in Sicily 827 – 1061 A.D. and 8th century A.D. in Spain.)

Years of research in Arabic tiles have produced a pallet of various three-dimensional designs and patterns. The style is Arabic; the mood is soothing – from a different time and a distant place.