Many of the doors in Tangier, Morocco have a Moorish design flavor. The Moors were a group of Muslim people who lived in the Iberian, Peninsula, Sicily and Matla during the middle ages. Their architecture is common in this area and uses Islamic elements like the arch.
Moroccan Doors – Arch
The Moorish design often includes an arch. This one is very common and even has three names. This arch is called the keyhole arch, the horseshoe arch, and the Moorish arch.
You can really see where they get the term keyhole arch with this door.
Moroccan Doors – Carving
This one is my favorite and was inside our hotel. The wood carving was gorgeous! When the door is shut you can see the carving on both the door and the arch.
Even open you can see the carved arch which is stunning. I SO need one of these in my own house!
It might look like we had to travel far and wide to get so many lovely photos of doors, but we didn’t. It is amazing how MANY there are- every where you look! Imagine the time spent on this door by a talent artisan.
Moroccan Doors – Bright colors
The colors are vibrant and really stand out against the white washed walls of the Kasbah.
I love the cobalt blue color – such vibrancy! Moroccans love blue and you’ll see it in the lovely designs of tile in Morocco. Jacques Majorelle, a painter loved the blues of Morocco so much he created his own called….. Majorelle blue and used it in a the Marjorelle Garden in Marrakesh.
Moroccan Doors – Such Detail
We found Tangiers, Morocco to be so colorful – literally and figuratively! Just an assault of wonderful things to see.
Moroccan Doors – Zillige
The art of Moroccan tile called zellige has a rich history and the designs come from Muslim artists creating beauty without using representations of living things. The results can be seen around the county of Morocco and around the world.
Wherever your travels take you, be sure to smell the roses, or admire the doors and soak in your destination. Make memories to last a lifetime!
Natalie, The Educational Tourist