Apologies for the delayed post. Not a great start, I admit.
But! I have a (valid?) excuse! I was halfway across the world, broadening my horizons as it were. Where, you ask? Morocco, I answer. SO for my very first found-objects-post, I figured I'd focus on something that I found while I was there. And that something is .... doors!
Many of the doors, particularly ones leading into Riads (old family homes consisting of a series of rooms surrounding an open air interior courtyard ... see below) within the Medina (old part of the city), have two distinct leafs. Think of a door within a door. The main leaf is usually quite tall, far taller than most doors we have in the West. The second is a door within that leaf that is far smaller. Typically the family will use the small leaf, stooping as they leave and enter their home. The unusual size of the door may help to symbolize the privacy of the home. The small size may aid in making the guest aware of entering the space; they must literally bow as they cross the threshold. However, during celebrations or family events, the large doors are thrown open, symbolizing hospitality and welcome.
Using the door, the main face of the home, for social cues is fascinating. Wouldn't it be helpful if we all had a tool to show people we need some space, or that we're in the mood to host?
Even the doors that don't employ the two-leaf-thing, are intricate and beautiful. By far more colorful and intricate than anything I've seen in New York.