Treatise on Wooden Carved Doors: An Essay on Ornately Wooden Carved Doors from Lahore


  • Asma Kamal PhD Sscholar Eenrolled at Lahore College for Women University and working as a research scholar with Prof. Dr. Rifaat Saif Dar
  • Prof. Dr. Rifaat Saif Dar Professor Fine Arts and working as Chairperson Department Visual Arts. Lahore college for Women University Lahore. She is also the supervisor of her PhD student Asma Kamal who is the 2nd author of this article



bi-fold doors, Jharoka, pinjra work, gurudawar, teek wood, haveli, taali, Sehdarra


Lahore is known as a cultural capital city of Pakistan. This city is also famous for its historical buildings as well for well-known colleges and universities etc. One of the hallmarks of Lahore is its old interior walled city. All over the year walled city is the center of attraction for many national and international visitors. Amongst many salient features of the interior walled city of Lahore, the ornately carved wooden doors embellishing local architecture, is worth praising. The doors are excessively decorated with the floral and geometric designs and clearly identify the rich taste of the owners once, living in the interior walled city of Lahore. The research paper is going to provide a visual walk through some beautiful old wooden carved (in-situ) doors from the city along with it a discussion will take place about the revival of ancient art of wood carving in Lahore. It will be discussed that the Wood Carving is one of the most ancient craft in the land of present day Pakistan and the roots of this tradition are deeply embedded in its soil. Lahore has earned fame particularly in carved wooden doors from colossal gateways of the forts, gardens, mansions, temples, gurudwaras and havelis to windows, jharokas, sehdaras, pinjras of ordinary houses. In this research article the focus will be mainly on the doors from Mughal period, Sikh period, and post Sikh period.


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How to Cite

Asma Kamal, and Prof. Dr. Rifaat Saif Dar. 2022. “Treatise on Wooden Carved Doors: An Essay on Ornately Wooden Carved Doors from Lahore”. Al-Qamar 5 (2):49-62.