Jali Panels:Materials to create and uses in House construction

Civilizations have been under an ever-evolving process. Instances of events were considered from an early stage to be taken as Inspirations and Learning. Designers and Clients have considered Ideas of Historical Ages as the element of Grace and Delicate Art by responding to local contexts such as the Hot Climate.

Jali Panels are such an example of this inspiration process i.e. during the reign of Mughal Architecture and Influence of Indian Temple Architecture screened Facades were used in buildings for Ventilation purposes to keep the building cool through natural means. These Screened Facades also served the partial visibility factor for the habitant from inside to outside and by-passers from outside to inside.

During the Early Ages, these types of beautifications were made out of marble, red sandstone, granite, and many more stone typologies through hand carvings and cutting techniques. Hand Crafters were hired to design such elements and produce an artifact.

Clients and Designers tend to include such implementation in a lower budget yet elegant option through CNC, Laser, and Hydro cutting Techniques on different types of materials depending upon the budget and material availability.

The concept of such screening is now used by Designers in Spaces as Jali Panels. These panels are simple yet elegant, sleek, trendy solution that can be used in different locations to serve varying purposes. It is an option for Contemporary Design, which suggests grandeur and flamboyance to any space.

Different types of materials for different factors like Thickness, Size, Durability, and Pattern are available in the market likely to be:

Different Types of Materials Used For Jali Panels

1. Wood

Even after having a different choice of material, Wood stands out for Ethnic and Sleek Designs to provide a raw finish. Another option is Wood-Plastic Composite (WPC) for durable and wood-like finish in the décor.

2. MDF

Medium Density Fibreboard is engineered wood composed of wood residuals, wax, fiber and mix of resins. It is a cheaper alternative to genuine wood for jali partitions.

3. Stone

As per the availability and budget flexibility by the client, Stone in its natural form is a perfect implementation in the Interior Décor. It gives a perennial feel with low maintenance cost.

4. PVC Sheets

Latticework or geometric cutting works well for partitions made out of PVC sheets because of the finesse in the finish.

5. Stainless Steel

S.S. Jali Partition panels give a sleek look and sophisticated style due to its micro thickness. It is available in different grades and do not rust, which makes it durable and long-lasting choice.

6. Acrylic

Lightweight Jali construction that requires hardness, Acrylic is a safer option that can be served in affordable pricing and smooth finish.

Jali Panel Uses and Customization in House COnstruction

Jali patterns can be customized and installed as a practical solution for space designing functionally as well as Décor based. Some of the ways to install Jali Panels are as follows:

1. Use as Partition Panel

These panels occupy less space, and can be customized as per need. Areas can be distinguished internally by height variations in these Jali partitions. Low height Partitions or Full-Length Screens, Both options are viable to use Jali Partition Panels as a space divider.

Designers use Jali partitions where an open Layout is required with certain distinction.

Use of Jali Panel as Partition Panel

2. Use as Lattice Shutters

Operable Door Units that do not require direct obstruction of vision and Airflow, can utilize Jali Shutter panels as a door unit. Various places like Wardrobes, Wall Niches, Pooja Units and Cabinets can utilize Jali Separators for Shutter panel.

Use of Jali Panel as Lattice Shutter

3. Use as an Accessory

There are numerous ways to use Jali Screens, Utilising them as an accessory in various places like:

  • Living Room Niches
  • Bedroom Walls
  • Television Cabinets
  • Elegant Headboards
  • Screened Foyers
  • Pooja Room Units
Use of Jali Panel as Acccessory

4. Use as a Decor Element

These Screens can serve as a backdrop element or a focal décor. Partitioning spaces to conceal the view as an element of drama by Jali Screens can lead to overwhelming Spaces with a touch of ‘Desi’ yet Trendy Elegance.

Use of Jali Panel as Decor Element

5. Use As A Facade Treatment

Architects use Jali Screens for Facades where the demand for Ventilation is required yet with a sense of Privacy. Screen Geometric or Organic Patterns are serving the purpose through a variety of choices available in material for Exterior Element.

A trend to blend the pattern of Jali according to the concept of building and showcase Its presence directly through visuals is used in Facades of buildings.

Anshul Kulshrestha