Weekly Photo Challenge: Doors, Carved Business Cards.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Door.

While wandering through the narrow streets in Stone Town Zanzibar, I was struck by the variety of beautifully carved doors. When I enquired about it I learned that each carving indicated the trade of the family living behind the door.

Geometric shapes meant it was the home of a mathematician and accountant, vines and leaves meant  the owner traded in spices, fish scales indicated that a fisherman lived there, flowers represented the families living in the house. The big copper knobs on some doors were meant to prevent elephants from entering

These doors are still manufactured and handcarved on the island, a skill that is handed down from father to son.

Here are a few pictures

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