Published at Thursday, 25 July 2019. Cabinet Knob. By Adalhard Böhm.
Bifold doors permit an unhindered view of the outsides and are the best choice, especially where space is at a premium. One may opt for single glazed bifold doors or for double glazed types. The latter is especially advantageous from energy conservation and acoustic insulation perspectives.
Many buyers often have limited knowledge regarding the various kinds of materials used for manufacturing doors and windows. It is hence important to pay special attention to this aspect and gather knowledge about the different types of materials available. Amongst the various types of materials used, the main ones include aluminum, fiber glass, wood and vinyl. While buying timber windows, it is also advisable to consider the type of glass used. While triple and double pane glass is considered the best, single pane glass may fail to be advantageous.
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.
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