The primary function of the mashrabiya was to see without being seen, to regulate the air flow, and protect oneself from the sun. The ''mashrabiya'' terracotta brick has now found its place in contemporary architecture, enabling the creation of openwork spaces. This use breaks up the monotony of the building and helps make façades more original.
Its nuances range from light to dark and from pink to red. Bricks can be glazed in over 200 colours on one, two or three sides.