Thursday Doors

The supply of doors in Delhi is never ending. Here is a bit of quality. Exquisite carving of the wood panels, Moghul flower decoration around the door. Fancy arched fanlight. And a concertina iron sliding door for added protection.

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A pigeon was watching me from the lintel as I took this photo. Interesting colour scheme, yellow, turquoise, blue and purple. Check out the small alcoves for candle lights.

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Blue and cream colour scheme looks rather neat and tidy, with a matching toolbox. The paintwork could do with a bit of touching up, though.

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A marked contrast with this door, which looks like it needs some love. Spattered with paint, a crumbling surround, the doors ajar to allow a couple of cats to emerge to drink a bowl of milk.

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This door has two grills to the side; a modern iron one below and a stone carved frieze above.

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Under decades of grime, you might just be able to make out “Silver White” (Dry) Cleaners on the sign above this wreck of a door.

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There’s the six-pointed star again, in powder blue, with duck-egg blue doors and a lilac patterned surround.

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Long, narrow turquoise doors on the first floor of a shop in Chawri Bazar Road. The sign on the right looks like Arabic script above, and Urdu below. Correct me if I’m wrong.

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Another set of doors on the first floor, one in purple/pink with egg yolk surround and the other in pale grey.

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Look at the doors on the first floor of the Titanic Hotel. What an outrageous colour.

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Finally, a doorway leading to a courtyard of a haveli. It is dated 1882, but I can’t decipher the meaning of the inscription.

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15 Replies to “Thursday Doors”

  1. More and more enjoyable, Ian. I really love the most scruffy and world-battered ones. The two cats and especially the Silver White Dry Cleaning with tattered posters. Do you know that on a film set, the set designers spend hours “distressing”, ie getting things to look that way.

  2. I really do have serious Delhi-door-envy! These are just so appealing to me, the colour, the decay, the grime, the past effort into building doors and arches and the quirky details…

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