Made in: Czechoslovakia
Minarets (Turkish: minare, from Arabic manara (lighthouse)usually are distinctive architectural features of Islamic mosques- generally tall spires with onion-shaped or conical crowns, usually either free standing or taller than any associated support structure; the basic form includes a base, shaft, and gallery. Styles vary regionally and by period. They provide a visual focal point and are used for the call to prayer (adhan).
The Grafo company, which began in 1920, was based in the Czechoslovakian town of Budwies. Another well-known Czech pencil manufacturer, Hardtmuth, opened a factory there some sixty years earlier.