French style signs & symbols #2 – Diamond Doors

IMG_20160725_140449I have noticed the preponderence here in the Languedoc of front entrance doors with the diamond motif; ours included.IMG_20160725_115256

We even find this motif -right-on the huge doors on Limoux’s beautiful

Église Saint-Martin de Limoux

IMG_20160725_115238What I have also noticed is that people are painting their front doors in whites, greens, blues and greys; perhaps subconsciously a decision to renew and reaffirm the values of our homes in these tough times.

IMG_20160725_115416Back to the diamond motif- or strictly speaking the “lozenge” (losange in French)

Sources of the symbolism are obscure, like most ancient motifs, but some ancient European tribes  associated this shape with both sacred geometry and fertility and creativity. I might manage the latter, guys, but it would be damn difficult( not to say news-worthy)  to achieve the former at this point!

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Campagne village church door left, and our door above right; neither are ancient but it’s good to see the motif being reimagined in more recent years.


About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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3 Responses to French style signs & symbols #2 – Diamond Doors

  1. Osyth says:

    Doors are so beguiling and beckoning and this selection is delightful

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  2. francetaste says:

    I love the losanges! And I never get tired of looking at old doors. So many stories. Best of all is when an old door is open and I can spy inside!

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