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Craftsmen Prepare Gypsum Layers for Handcarved Ceilings

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Intricately handcarved gypsum covers the concrete structural ceilings in many areas of the Arab Organizations Headquarters Building.  The process starts with craftsmen working fibers into the gypsum mixture (picture left below).  This mixture is then applied to molds and dried (picture right below).

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Once set, the gypsum is carved in traditional geometric patterns (picture left below).  The carved panels and forms are set on racks where skilled craftsmen painstakingly finish the handcarving (picture right below).
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Craftsman works inside a gypsum dome to add finishing touches (picture left below).  The finished panels are set over the concrete structural ceiling (picture right below).
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Exterior Entrance Library Pre-function Hall
Conference Tunisian Room Damascene Room Atrium Prayer Room Mamluk Room
Meeting Room Bridge Reception Offices Crafts


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