From modest entrances to that of palaces, doors are often decorated, painted in blue and decorated with nails.

 The tradition of nail-decorated doors was partly introduced by the Andalusians. The Tunisians mastered this art and, in Sidi bou Saïd, these painted doors became one of the characteristic decorative elements.

The main door is the external image of the house and its inoccupants. It must have an harmonious and elegant aesthetic. The materials it is made of have to be of choice. The door also marks the border between the public and the private domains.

 The refinement of the nail drawings reveals the social standing of the inoccupants. The drawings are vertically symmetrical from one door to the other. At the top of doors a semi-circular arch is often painted in black and white. The general frame in itself is made of ochre stones.

Some doors are covered with stone lintel at the center of which sits the family crest. The tall gates are fitted with high door-knockers to enable a horseback rider to knock and then cross the gate without having to dismount. The small door allows an everyday use on foot.

Different doors at every corner.

Some palace's door

Variations in colors


Moucharabiehs and ironworks

Behind walls

Richly decorated interiors