Published at Thursday, 27 June 2019. Cabinet Knob. By Arnold Engel.
A door knocker is an item of door furniture that allows people outside a house to alert those inside to their presence. It has a part fixed to the door, and a part (usually metal) which is attached to the door by a hinge that is lifted and used to strike a plate fitted to the door, making a noise. The strike plate, if present, would be supplied and fitted with the knocker. Door knockers are often ornate, but may be no more than a simple fitting with a metal bob, or ring. Many older period houses and mansions often have intricate knockers in the shape of human heads or mythical beasts. The earlier designs were based on statues that would stand in front of ancient Greek houses. These statues were created with distorted, grotesque features and were thought to be used to ward of malignant spirits and witches. This is also true of gargoyles, which have similar caricatured faces, in order to prevent spirits and ghosts from entering the house. There were also ’good luck’ knockers, which were thought to have magical or healing properties and were used to encourage good luck into the home. These door knockers utilized a motif of good luck charms such as horse-shoes, stars, suns and flowers. The popular ’hand shaped’ knocker is often seen in Muslim countries, and was believed to symbolize the Hand of Fatima which protected the house from evil. It was also thought to indicate that the occupants of that house were followers of the Muslim faith.
Round, Rectangular, or Other: You are no longer limited to traditional round door knobs – oh no! Now, you can shop a wide selection of designer handles. Now days, you can choose long, slender rectangular door pulls or you can choose those wide, broad industrial looking door pulls or, yes, you can even still choose a traditional round door knob if you so desire but, place it in the center of your door hobbit-style. You can even choose curved, rather elegant gate pulls for your doors. It is all up to you!
In this modern era we are trying to save as much space as possible or create the illusion of space. These doors can be found at most door manufacturers. If you prefer, you can conveniently get a custom made door to fit the design of your home. Houses come in different sizes. Some houses are small and some are large. If you are thinking of ideas on how to make your small home seem more spacious you can replace the solid doors with internal glass doors.
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