Thursday Doors: Adorned Doors

When we returned from our trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and I started to look through all my pictures of the beautiful doors we encountered, I decided to separate them into bite-sized Thursday Door post chunks. This week’s group of doors stood out because of their unique hardware. Some of the hardware has a practical purpose (door knockers, hinges, etc.) and others are purely decorative. Some – like the traditional hand knockers – were found all over the city (including for sale in shops) whereas some looked custom designed and fabricated.

The faces on this door seemed part human, part demon, and part animal.
The knocker was traditional but the teal painted hardware gave the door an artist’s touch.
Look closely and you will see multi-legged lizards guarding the entrance.
A close-up of the lizard-shaped door lock with the sun peeking out underneath.
This hand on this traditional knocker is holding what appears to be a small apple.
The intricate design of the metal frame, stone surround, and terra cotta paint made this door a stunner.
The homeowner must be a dog-lover.
A knocker made out of bicycle parts. This picture was taken by my husband and hasn’t been edited… the door was really this gorgeous color.

Don’t forget to head on over to Norm’s blog to view his collection of doors, then click on the blue frog at the end of his post to see what others have shared.

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69 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: Adorned Doors”

  1. I have loved this series and this is no exception. Hardware seems to jump out at me because I really do admire the craftsmanship. These examples are amazing, and I’m not sure what is my favorite – hands, lizards, dogs, bicycles – you got them all. A+ 🙂

  2. I love these doors, but I’m not sure I’d want to come home to the hands. The wood and metal is so interesting. I really appreciate old wooden doors. Thanks for bringing these for us.

    1. I did a little research and learned that they are called “Hand of Fatima” knockers and are thought to protect against evil. They are found extensively in Spain, which is probably why they have made their way to Mexico.

  3. I adore the teal hardware! The unique and artistic qualities to each are so inviting. I even like those that are more “dark and spooky!” All charming!

  4. they are all stunners and I have to admit that Mexico is one of my favorite places for doors (I have seen other ones and ooo la la) and then I like the Italy ones – and France – and well -okay – many areas – but really love the Mexico ones here and the teal hardware is a stand out for me.
    The hands make me curious

    1. I guess anywhere that doesn’t mass-produce their doors will have interesting ones, but I agree that Mexico’s doors are often amazing works of art. Since you are curious, I did a little research on the hand knockers… see my response to Dan for more information about them.

      1. ok – I will check out the reply – and thx for the comment reply – you are right mass produced waters things down –

  5. The weathered doors are incredible and the hardware even more so – for some reason the hands reminded me of Cousin Itt, but still didn’t take away from the originality.

  6. I would like to knock on these doors, hide around the corner, and see who comes out…sort of like doorbell ditch.

  7. I commented here, shut off my computer and went to bed. As I drifted off to sleep, something niggled at my brain – no, it was not Cousin Itt … wrong character from “The Addams Family” TV show … it was “Thing” … so you don’t think I’ve lost my mind. Google Images for “Thing” and you’ll see the hand and forearm which was a character all its own – please feel free to edit my comment Janis.

      1. Yes, it struck me like a ton of bricks and I thought “if Janis sees that, she’ll think I lost my mind!!” Since we’re around the same age, I figured you’d know who “Thing” was. I loved that show and The Munsters too.

  8. Hi Janis! I just LOVE the creativity of the Mexican people. Your doors are spectacular and with the right house, I would want one of each that you photographed. NOW, you need to plan a trip here to Lake Chapala because I’m seeing cool ones here too. Look forward to talking “Mexico” with you when we get together next time! ~Kathy

    1. Hubby and I are ready to fly down there based on your pictures! Looks like an easy flight into Guadalajara? I hope you are able to take a few door shots… I’d love to see them (and the rest of your pictures).

  9. Of course, all the trimmings! Because a door is just a door if it doesn’t have a knocker!
    I’m enjoying these posts immensely, even if I don’t always comment, Janis.

  10. Wonderful series, and hardware/eye-candy for the doors! I really like that turquoise door knocker and the complimentary concho accents . The double door with the metal frame and stone work around the entrance is a stunner.

  11. I have a secret love of all those interesting door knockers and handles – they pop up in my pinterest feed regularly and I’m always intrigued by them and what makes people choose the various ones I see. I loved yours – especially the hand ones.

    1. I wish we could have a knocker on our door but isn’t configured for one. I’d like to have one custom-made in some unique shape… maybe a shell or a palm tree… something beachy. Unfortunately, it will remain a dream for now.

  12. Hi Janis
    I saw the multi-legged lizards right away. Great example of pareidolia.
    Your photos are stunning. How can one small town have so many beautiful doors? All are beautiful, but I love the “hand” knockers best
    Thanks for sharing

    1. Haha! There’s that word again, except this time I think that’s what the artist intended… but, who knows? We found gorgeous doors in Oaxaca too… I think it’s part of their culture (which is why I love it so much).

  13. Janis, this reminds me of “knock, knock, knocking on heaven’s door.” I love many, but the hand clutching the ball is priceless. Keith

      1. Just finished hand therapy…yay! Still have lots of stiffness and pain, which I am told should be gone by the one-year mark. I can live with that.

  14. I love the fact that Mexicans love art so much that they surround themselves with it, including in their architecture and utilitarian objects such as doors. Such a contrast from the rest of North America where we go down to the nearest box store and buy bland mass produced items, and rarely purchase handmade items unless we need a picture to hang above the couch.

    1. Oh, I agree. Even “art” has become mass produced. As the big box stores find there way to the Mexican cities (which they have), I fear that the creativity and unique character of their buildings will start to disappear.

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