15 Beautiful Moroccan Doors | Musings of a Gourmande

15 Beautiful Moroccan Doors

Visiting Morocco had been on my travel list for a very long time for countless reasons, not the least of which was seeing first hand all of the amazing doors that magazines and social media are flooded with.

A few months ago, I decided to take a break, left my well-paying job with a hospitality company and set off for the other side of the world. Needless to say, family and friends were very surprised, but despite the uncertainty and risk, the decision to travel felt right.

While Morocco wasn’t the first country I landed in, it was certainly one of the more colorful ones. I arrived in Casablanca and traveled around for two and a half weeks, ending with Marrakesh. Along the way, unsurprisingly, I found myself photographing more doors than almost anything else; it actually became a running joke among some of my travel companions.

My fascination with doors

Those of you who follow me on Pinterest already know this, but I love doors, an interest my mother shares. I’m assuming seeing her as a kid give attention to these objects, that most people pass without even a glance, sparked my interest. As I’ve grown older and traveled more, I’ve come to realize that it’s part awe and part curiosity that have me wanting more.

I’m in awe of the craftsmanship or artistry involved in making these doors. Whether it’s through the carvings, the paintings or the building its attached to, each door has a tale, a story, and I can’t help but want to know it. There’s also a curiosity for what’s on the other side. Who lives or what happens behind these doors? Does the interior of the location match the exterior? Does seeing these doors day in and day out bring its residents the same kind of emotion it brings us? The list goes on, and although most of these questions will go unanswered, that mystery is ultimately part of their appeal.

15 Beautiful Moroccan Doors | Musings of a Gourmande
Unique painted red doors in the port city of Essaouira, formerly Mogador
15 Beautiful Moroccan Doors | Musings of a Gourmande
Colorful painted art on garage doors in Essaouira
15 Beautiful Moroccan Doors | Musings of a Gourmande
According to the sign, this was the head office of the Dutch consulate in Essaouira in the 19th century
15 Beautiful Moroccan Doors | Musings of a Gourmande
Down a narrow alley, this door – that looks like so many others in Marrakesh – opens up to a lovely hamam
15 Beautiful Moroccan Doors | Musings of a Gourmande
Stunning brass door framed by intricately carved stucco, made to resemble wood filigree, in the Marrakesh medina
15 Beautiful Moroccan Doors | Musings of a Gourmande
Lovely traditional Moorish architecture frames an otherwise ordinary door in the Marrakesh medina
15 Beautiful Moroccan Doors | Musings of a Gourmande
Detailed view of one of the doors to the Royal Palace in Fez

 

In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.

William Blake

 

15 Beautiful Moroccan Doors | Musings of a Gourmande
A rare white door in the famous blue city of Chefchaouen
15 Beautiful Moroccan Doors | Musings of a Gourmande
Beautiful blue metal door framed by traditional Moroccan tilework, known as Zelij, in the Marrakesh medina
15 Beautiful Moroccan Doors | Musings of a Gourmande
Blue painted door in Essaouira with surprising detail on the bottom two panels
15 Beautiful Moroccan Doors | Musings of a Gourmande
Blue subway tiles, Zelij and blue paint with decorative iron nails come together in this detail of an entrance in Chefchaouen
15 Beautiful Moroccan Doors | Musings of a Gourmande
A pretty typical door in the blue city of Chefchaouen
15 Beautiful Moroccan Doors | Musings of a Gourmande
The beautifully painted front door to the Henna Art Café in the Marrakesh medina
15 Beautiful Moroccan Doors | Musings of a Gourmande
Standing in front of one of the beautiful doors of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. Talk about grand!

 

What do you think? Are these doors not beautiful? Where are some of your favorite doors located?

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