Rustic hand painted doors of Essaouria {Photo Blog}


“I feel very adventurous.

There are so many doors to be opened, and I'm not afraid to look behind them.”

- Elizabeth Taylor -


Ever since I was a young girl I had this deep seeded fascination towards photographing doors and windows. Still today, it is one of my favourite subjects to photograph throughout Europe and countries alike.

Morocco was the first African country I had visited that I was equally drawn to its beautifully hand painted rustic doors. No surprise here, seeing that Essaouria has a long standing history of European influence, and doors found here bare emblem to the Portuguese settlement that once resided here in 1506.

Made of wood, metal and plaster, these doors are ordained with Moorish style motifs, chamsa door knockers and hand painted in a variety of hues such as Majorelle blue and canary yellow.


Majorelle Blue by the way, was named after the French artist Jacques Majorelle who’s most notable work is thought to be the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech, Morroco. Before Majorelle died, he had the recipe for Majorelle Blue patented.

The shapes, colours and architectural designs of all the doors I stumbled across in Essaouria are worth a share.



























“Photographs open doors into the past but they also allow a look into the future.”

- Sally Mann -


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