You will find the Indian countryside and many cities dotted with crumbling havelis which use the thin burnt clay bricks called lakhauri bricks.
Lakhauri bricks derive their name from the immense quantities in which they were manufactured for building activities during 18th,19th and early 20th century.
The bricks were called lakhauri because their number was always in lakhs; the open kiln in which they were made were called pajawa (from pajawagars).
Lakhauri bricks are flat, rectangular bricks with typical sizes of 100 mm × 150 mm × 20 mm and 100 mm × 150 mm × 50 mm. The crushed brick aggregate was used with lime for mortar preparation which has great influ-ence on its final strength, as surkhi also acts as a hydrau-lic binder to some extent.
Two walls in the same house. One part had fallen down and the lakhauri bricks were replaced by modern ones