Ottoman doors stand the test of time

Historical doors that date back to the Ottoman Empire are being used in five star hotels and used as decorative pieces in homes.

Ottoman doors stand the test of time

World Bulletin/News Desk

Dogan Demir, who lives in Bodrum and is known locally for historical interest is bringing back to life Ottoman doors that are over 150 years old. Travelling throughout Turkey and researching the historical doors, Demir brings back the doors to his workshop in Bodrum and restores them. The doors that were made during the Ottoman Empire and in the first years of the Republic are all inlaid decorative pieces and restored and presented to door collectors and history buffs.

In a statement to reporters Dogan Demir said that once restored,  the doors were offered for sale between 600 and 7,000 lira. Demir also said that the doors that are “inlaid with designs from the area that they are made and that those from the Ottoman are made with Seljuk designs. They are beautiful and very valuable”.

With doors mostly found in Ankara, Izmir, Antalya and Istanbul, Demir said that, “Our people are fascinated with the doors. They either use them as doors or re-model them as tables, and so they are recycled. This makes me very happy. In particular the doors that had remained in the villages were damaged by weather or just left in a corner”.

Demir points to doors that are popular with five star hotels, “There is international interest, in particular from Germany and Italy. We have provided doors to 30-35 provinces from Bodrum. Three hotels from Istanbul have requested us to restore doors for them. The architecture of the doors are old and made from wood. It is product that has serious interest and for this we are very happy”.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Aralık 2014, 10:44