Open Sesame! Balinese Doors

Balinese doors make my heart skip a beat. Their beautiful proportions, sometimes intricate carving and strong metal hardware form a perfect architectural feature giving instant drama and beauty to a house or temple.

Bali Bedroom door at The Longhouse, Jimbaran - Bali

Bali Bedroom door at The Longhouse, Jimbaran – Bali

The wood of the Balinese door is chosen with consideration to whether the door will be internal or external. Jackfruit wood, Teak and other woods are popular. When commissioning a door you will normally have to wait a few months for the carver to obtain the materials and then to do the carving itself. Alternatively, you can search for antique doors to use in your building. Antique doors are normally very narrow, so  if you are using one for your front door ensure there is another access for moving in furniture.

Antique door

Antique door

Detail of the front door of our villa.

Detail of the front door of our villa.

Traditional Balinese doors are made with a lintel that must be stepped over when entering. Some door carvers will eliminate the raised bottom lintel if requested.

Spend time looking and you will know when you find the right one! Many good door carvers can be found in Batubulan.

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Door by Made Jojol in the shop before we bought it.

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