When your home is made of mud-brick, sometimes it’s hard to decorate.
At least, that’s my theory when it comes to Uyghur homes in Xinjiang, China. It’s for that reason (I believe) that the locals in almost every town along the ancient Silk Road put a lot of time and thought into their doors.
That’s right. Their doors.
Perhaps you’ve noticed it during your own travels to Xinjiang, but I’ll admit that their beauty completely escaped me for the first couple years I traveled the region. But once I noticed one, I couldn’t stop looking for cool doors.
A door in Turpan within the Emin Minaret complex
My favorite door of all time in Turpan’s Tuyoq Valley
A door in the Uyghur part of Turpan city proper
Another Turpan door. Can’t you tell from the painting?
An open door in Kashgar. Beautiful woodwork!
Nothing special, but this door in Kashgar’s Old City actually had nothing behind it. So why the padlock?
Not the greatest photo, but I love the doors to Kazakh yurts!