Three months after the opening of Grandma’s Attic in 2010 we were in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We were going through antique shops to get ideas and find merchandise, when we came upon “the gate”! We snatched it up and brought it to its new “home”, because you don’t find a piece like that everyday!
For awhile we had it just leaning against a wall. Then we decided to put it up in the doorway between the back room and the front room of Grandma’s Attic. It is an older gate and someone had to have spent a lot of time arching the top. My thoughts were that is was a European gate because I have seen gardens in Italy and on the internet with similar gates. We didn’t know for sure where it came from or what it was used for, but we knew it was attention grabbing, we got price inquiries almost daily! It is a part of the character of Grandma's Attic.
Then in June of this year, a vendor brought in another gate set. This one had the exact same latch and was shaped the same, as well as having bars that are the same size as our gate. The person that sold the gate to our vendor said that the gate is from India.
That got me to thinking about an incident that had happened when I took a trip to India in 2009. We got up one morning and everyone was pulling clothes from the lines, closing windows and doors. Apparently, there had been a monkey alert. Roving monkeys had moved into our community and they are curious characters. The radio had announced the movement of the monkey troops around town.
It was then that I remember seeing two doors together-one was solid and one made with bars. These gates are normally placed in front of traditional wood doors, allowing air ventilation into a home, while keeping the roving animals out. This type of door/gate combinations makes perfect sense with the freedom animals have in India.
This started my internet search on gates from India. There is not a lot to find.
I found this one ^, but it was not exactly the same.
I believe maybe there was a specific era that this type of gate was built in, and the lack of finding them on the internet is because India has changed the style somewhat in current years.
Well, that’s it then, one of the novelties of Grandma’s Attic has had its secret discovered! It is a set of gates from India that they use as their front and back doors.
We’d love to have you stop in and see our “Indian screen doors”!
-The GA Gang