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Our homes, businesses and offices are full of them and we come into contact with them many times per day but a door is so much and means so much more than just an entry point.

The historic roots of the door as we know it are hinted at in for example the Greek and Hebrew alphabet and their relationships to the word door of ‘Daleth’ and the triangular tent-flap appearance of ‘Delta’. Egyptian tomb paintings also provide a glimpse at some of the pivot-hung ancestors of today’s door.

The humble door however has many different functions, meanings and connotations beyond the mere physical entry and exit point. Other more practical functions include keeping out the elements, keeping out intruders (or keeping in prisoners) as well as stopping noise, dividing a living space for function and territory, and preventing the fast spread of fire through modern buildings.

Doors have also had a symbolic and aesthetic function in the physical and the non physical worlds. In our language a closing or opening door has been used to describe life changes and the fact that we cannot see behind a solid and unfamiliar door often assigns a mysterious meaning and feeling to them and a feeling that we must be on our guard when we open them.

How large, imposing and ornate a door is can symbolise the purpose and importance of a building or of the person behind that door. Medieval architecture provides many examples of important doors being decorated and plated with metals e.g. the Bethlehem Church of the Nativity doors being plated with patterns in Bronze.

The idea of decorating and ‘dressing’ doors is still something that is widely practiced. The door handles, door knobs and door furniture of today help to complete design looks and styles and help to say something about the tastes, preferences and individuality of a home’s occupants.

James Gumersell of specialist online retailer simplydoorhandles.co.uk comments on the decoration of today’s doors.

“Yes door handles and door furniture styles are now so wide and varied that any home owner can effectively express their own personal tastes, preferences and style. In today’s global market, with the help of the Internet people are prepared to search for just the right looking door handle, door knob or kitchen cupboard knob or handle. The details and the little things around their home are important to them. For many people their home is an extension of them, their tastes and values and we try to cater for that by offering plenty of choice”.

For more information call Simply Door Handles on 01484 42 60 42 or visit the website http://www.simplydoorhandles.co.uk/

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