Behind Moroccan doors
When I think of Morocco I imagine a big heavy wooden door, super size door knocker and a long rusty hinges run across a carved exotic design, that express mystery and wonder. Yes, Moroccan doors.
You probably know by now how much I adore the look of Moroccan influence. I particularly love love love Moroccan tribal doors. They express mystery.. are they keeping secrets behind?
The one in the photo above was a surprising welcome on my recent visit to Marrakech. That is the door to my room in a Riad where I had stayed. When I opened it I walked through a wide stucco arch opening than, slowly, I slid a beautiful tall curtain to reveal a sophisticated modern Moroccan living room. Who knew?
Here is another one. Remember this? it was first posted when I returned from Morocco this past October but I can’t resist its exquisite details. Had to post it again. I can stare at it for hours and imagine it’s.. well.. my door.
What’s behind the door in the photo above? 500 year old synagogue in the Melah area of Marrakech. Simply stunning.
Outside Marrakech there is a store that sells lighting. As we walked through I noticed an opening to a beautiful garden. I stepped outside turned my head back and there it was: (besides my husband who jumped in), a pair of gorgeous and bright purple/blue wooden doors starring right back at me, hanging on a dirty-red painted wall. Stunning. A loud duo I could almost hear it saying Hey, over here!. Would you use this combination in your home? Where? I would but outdoor, like in my backyard or something.
I couldn’t get my eyes off of it, in which by the way, a big sign facing these doors (not shown) said “NO PHOTOS”. And I’m thinking “how could you?”
What’s behind this striking door above? We were invited for a meal in this house offered by a very kind Jewish family who lives there for generations. We didn’t know them. Yes, just like that. Moroccan hospitality.
Why I love this door so much? the hanging “pendant” ,or should I say knocker, is made of solid brass and, like jewel, adorns an otherwise simple rustic design. The heavy wood work surrounding it adds much presence. Gorgeous.
Moroccan doors are so elaborate and full of presence you simply can’t ignore them (unless you’re really really in a hurry). They are everywhere.
A new take on Moroccan design
Just look at these. Mondrian inspired modern glass doors surrounded by intricate carving Morocco is so known for. What a contrast. And for a change the doors are a see-through.