The prayer hall and domed tomb known as al-Gulshani were built by Qaitbey before he became Sultan in 1468. Eventually, he buried his young-deceased children there.
The stone dome over the mausoleum known as al-Gulshani is masterfully built. On its surface, the flowing lines of carved floral decoration intertwine in geometric patterns of ten-pointed stars. The five stars around the circumference noticeably do not match the windows in the eight-sided base. It is typical for Mamluk buildings that strictly regular parts meet in a fanciful, unexpected and inspiring manner – the way we intend MISHKĀ products to be.
The recessed niche running through the entire height of the façade is a powerfully expressive setting for the main portal of al-Gulshani. Within it, masterfully carved stone panels of delicate geometric patterns highlight architectural divisions. Based on disciplined and sometimes amazingly complicated geometry, they display a stunning variety of lively and alluring forms.
On the façade of al-Gulshani’s mausoleum, the bold plain surfaces of dressed stone stand in stark contrast to the intricately carved decoration on the lintels over the windows – each one different and all equally exquisite. The geometric patterns of the lintels themselves are also full of dynamic contrasts in how they balance complexity and simplicity, solids and voids, repetition and uniqueness. The Gulshani Bracelets embody the same qualities.