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.
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.
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.
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.
I think this door looks like it has a highly stylised hamsa door knocker.
The variety and colours of Moroccan doors are a joy to photograph. As you can see I took that joy to heart!
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.