Published at Tuesday, 02 July 2019. Cabinet Knob. By Arik Brandt.
After considering material it is a wise choice to move onto colour selection. This part of the process may not be required for wooden alternatives, although wood finishes may need to be considered for future applications. Composite and other door types are available in a huge range of colours. Some of these can be used to create real statements or there are more understated alternatives as well.
Door knockers are more popular in England than in any other country and can be found everywhere, even in the most remote locations. However, the history of door knockers begins several thousand years ago in Ancient Greece. Although intricate door knockers are popular these days, the origins of that knocker may be something far more regal than it simply ’looking nice’ on the door. Greeks were a bit picky about unannounced visits to their dwellings. It was considered a breach of etiquette to enter a dwelling without warning. Where Spartans would simply shout their arrival, the more sophisticated Athenians preferred to use a door knocker. Doors had replaced flexible hangings to provide better safety and privacy. Upper class Greeks had slaves whose sole purpose was to answer the door. It’s a bit like having a butler, but one that was chained to the door to prevent them wandering off. If they didn’t die of boredom, they’d fall asleep, and so to wake them up, visitors rapped on the door with a short bar of iron attached to a chain. It soon occurred to all that the iron bar could be utilized as a weapon. In order to prevent unwanted attacks, they soon learned to attach the bar to the door by a hinge. Thus evolved the modern door knocker.
The downside to having a sensor open your doors is that you would need permission or an unlocking system so that not everyone can enter your home. You would also need to reach for your keys to open the door which results in having to put your shopping bags down.
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