Weekly Photo Challenge: Door


One of the two highlights of my visit to Ushaiger a couple of years ago was probing the unstinting, old doors of a traditional Saudi architecture that are mud-built houses in the heritage village. These designy doors truly reflect the local artisans’ talents on decorating and designing doors.

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It is interesting to note that the reason behind the elaborate doors is a familiar word in the Philippines: hospitality. Arabs and Filipinos are kindred spirits afterall. Let it be known that the very essence of the Arabian culture is hospitality. To come up with the kind of door you see in the picture, the artisan has to pitch in hard work and dedication. There is no better way to start hospitality than opening your door to visitors or people in need.

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The doors are usually decorated with circles, disks, and geometric designs burned with branding irons.

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“Modern architects and city planners in the Kingdom recognize the cultural and historical value of old doors. They adapt these unique styles into modern design projects for residences and businesses. Preservation projects also exist throughout the Kingdom to maintain these irreplaceable treasures of the past. In Riyadh and Jeddah, where there is such an outstanding selection of traditional doors, there is an on-going effort to preserve and maintain the traditional character and architecture of the city. In other areas of the Kingdom, cities and towns are making efforts to preserve their past for future generations to learn from and enjoy,” (Doors to the Past, Saudi Arabia, Summer 1998, Volume 15, No. 2).

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9 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Door

  1. Lovely interpretation of the challenge, Sony. Doors and hospitality. How apt. I think that is especially so in an Asian house, or at least a Chinese family’s house. When someone comes for a visit, at least in my family, and walks through the door, the first thing we do is offer them a drink.

    Beautiful captures, Sony. I like how you included part of the bright coloured mud house walls in the photo. They look so sturdy.

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    • I just realized, hospitality is an Asian thing. Well, hopefully I could visit Malaysia or China (or more) in due time. I haven’t been to another Asian country but the Philippines. I’m really glad you reminded me of that fact.

      The walls are indeed sturdy, Mabel. There is this part of the village where all you could see are the walls of the mud houses. The roofs were all gone but the beauty of the mud houses–albeit roofless–is apparent.

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  2. Stunning doors. Rich, detailed with an inspiring history behind it. I also like what it stands for, “Hospitality.” I think that is something that is missing in many parts of the world where everyone seems so busy to find time to welcome and catch up with friends and family. Person to person interaction and hospitality could never replace the latest modern craze which is social media. Back in the old days, we entertain and bond with friends in person, in our homes, in their homes but now it’s via Facebook where we can have hundreds of friends yet hardly see anyone in person. Wonderful post…wishing lots of amazing doors and adventures ahead.

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    • I am so stunned with your wish, bro. You made me feel excited. Like you fueled my wandering feet instantly.

      I like the idea of pointing out how intimate, social connection plays in today’s “creepy” world.

      I will remember that, bro.

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