This listing is for custom made double doors opening like suicide doors (double doors) as pictured with your exact specifications. Our shop makes them purely custom made with your exact specification. The sultan zanzibar royal doors. A zanzibar door was the visual statement of the occupant's status in society; the greater the wealth and social position of the owner of the house, the larger and more elaborately carved his front zanzibar door was.
The zanzibar door acted as a'carved business card' to passersby. The doors have become more or less synonymous with the swahili culture in east africa, lamu and mombasa (kenya) and in zanzibar. Zanzibar has more and more elaborate doors than on the mainland and thus the doors are named zanzibar doors'. An inventory done in the 1980s reported around 800 doors.
Unfortunately has the number decreased, not only due to the diminishing of several houses, but also due to theft following the increased attention from international collectors. The doors demonstrate unsurpassed technical and artistic craftsmanship. Wealthy traders and house owners appointed skilled carvers brought in from india for the delicate job of arranging the entrance ornament. The shutters are made in one impressive piece and not mended together as is the case on newer doors. The burma teak no longer exists, so newer doors are made of east african teak.Even this wood has become rare and difficult to find, often demanding a very high price. Royal door, stone town, zanzibar - stock photo. Located at soko mohogo street in stone town, zanzibar. Royal doors are designed to represent a family's social status and is distinguished by a carving of a lion, serpent, and falcon, the symbols used by the royal family. Located : stone town, zanzibar island.