Doors are one of the major elements composing the urban landscape in Tunisian cities’ medinas. Other than their main function, which is to separate the private space from the outdoors, traditional doors play an aesthetic part.
The traditional door is large and made of solid wood. It contains a smaller door. The latter allows a chicane entrance in order to preserve home privacy.
The door is a combination of two doorjambs installed in a stone wall. Nails are used to assemble the ties and the doorjambs. These iron nails usually have a quite large size and their heads have a half spherical shape. The patterns depicted on the doors are used to conceal the assembly system, generally between two ties.
The most common patterns that can be found in the medinas are the eye, the fir tree and the star shape. The doors are mainly blue or yellow, however other colors, such as green or black, are used. The framing is generally made of grey Kadhel (Tunisian marble).
Visiting one of the medinas during your stay is essential so that you can admire the fine work of the Tunisian craftsmen.