ARCHITECTURE

HERITAGE DOORS OF RAJASTHAN- HAVELI

A DOORWAY TO TRADITIONAL CARPENTRY

Traditional Carpentry Work in Rajasthan is generations old. We previously talked about HERITAGE DOORS OF RAJASTHAN – FORTS now lets get glimpses of traditional Haveli doors which are characteristic of art and heritage.

THE TERM “HAVELI”-

The term haveli is derived from Arabic hawali, meaning “partition” or “private space”, known during Mughal Empire. A Haveli, in Indian sub-continent is thus a traditional residence or townhouse with historical importance. These Havelies share a cultural past and are architecturally sound.

SHEKHAWATI, MANDAWA

Mandawa is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan in India. It is part of Shekhawati region. The City of Mandawa was made a thikana in the middle of the 18th century.

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This town is considered as the “open art gallery” of Rajasthan because the entire Shekhawati region is loaded with fascinating mansions(havelis) that have lavishly painted walls, frescoes and astonishing gates.

Here are few pictures of the Haveli doors from Mandawa-

SNEH RAM LADIAS HAVELI https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cour_int%C3%A9rieure_(Sneh_Ram_Ladias_Haveli,_Mandawa)_(8430189098).jpg
Heavy wooden door, Shekhawati 

They often sport giant iron spikes—meant to deter elephants from ramming them open during wars. 

Mandawa, shekawati,

PATWON KI HAVELI, JAISALMER

The Patwon Ji ki Haveli is an interesting piece of Architecture and most renowned all over India. This is the largest Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. The whole structure is made with local yellow sandstone but the main gateway of the Patwon Ji ki Haveli is in brown color.

OTHER HAVELI DOORS

Exquisite doors chanting royal heritage of Rajasthan….

Be it Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Bikaner or any other city of Rajasthan, the royal Forts and traditional Havelies mark the center of attraction for tourists and recite the lore of extraordinary craftsmanship put forth in creating such antique pieces of art.

INTERESTING DOORS FROM THE TOWN…..

Intricate jali work on the front door can be seen in common houses in Jodhpur, often called “THE BLUE CITY”–

Terracotta residence with vintage door –

Jaipur India, Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Colorful house with colorful door in a small village somewhere in Rajasthan.

Photo by Rowan Heuvel on Unsplash

CONTINUING ROYAL LEGACIES –

As these doors are unique and showcase immense hand-skills they are highly prized in international market. Customers demand them for personal collection, designers and architects make the most out of them for enhancing the heritage aesthetics in their residential and commercial sites. These are crafted in exotic woods like ebony, calamander, satinwood, rosewood, mahogany, jackwood and teak.

Overall these exquisite doors are actually the doorways to our legacy which must be kept alive in any of the possible ways.

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