Do you ever wonder what is behind a closed door?  The doors in Marrakech that I saw contained so much detailed and colourful work that I could only wonder the extent of the beauty that lay behind the doors.

open moroccan door

I am used to doors that blend into the background serving the their basic function as entrances and exits.   Especially in big cities like London, you don’t want a super nice door attracting the attention of potential robbers to your house.  Doors in Morocco, on the other hand, are much more flamboyant.

marrakech brass door

Moroccan doors are made of a variety of materials (wood, brass, plaster etc.) and colours.  Intricately carved or rustic and basic, the doors are an attraction in themselves.

marrakech studded door

This hand of Fatima (hamsa) door knocker is a protection against the evil eye for the inhabitants of the house.  Fatima was the daughter of the Prophet Mohammed and a powerful woman in a male-dominated society.  The hamsa is also a part of Berber culture.

hand of fatima door knocker

I think this door looks like it has a highly stylised hamsa door knocker.

marrakech door

The variety and colours of Moroccan doors are a joy to photograph.  As you can see I took that joy to heart!

marrakech mosque door

marrakech door

marrakech door

There is even a flea market for buying old Moroccan doors – the Bab El Khemis, if you are so inclined.  I didn’t buy any doors, tempting as they were.  My children would have thrown a complete tantrum if they thought I was taking them antiques shopping when they knew they could be in the glorious hotel pool on a sunny day.