Ornamental Wrought Iron Door Works: 3 Popular Styles’ Origins

Your wrought iron doors tell tales of historic craftsmanship. Many modern designs that you see today are inspired by the thousand-year-old wrought iron ornamental works that symbolized prestige, honor, wealth, and status. A closer look at all modern wrought iron doors will reveal some standard designs influenced by many cultural and stylistic influences.

Scrollwork, filigree, and Acanthus are a few examples of prominent ornamental wrought iron door designs that have survived eons and are still very popular today. Here’s a brief look at their origins:

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Categorized by spirals and floral patterns, scrollwork has been around since 1800 BC. Many iron jewelry and décor pieces still flaunt carefully crafted intricate scrollwork. This entangled ornamental design was first spotted in the West. From there, it traveled across the globe to India, China, and other parts of Asia, strengthening its roots in architecture, pottery, and textile.

Scrollwork found its way to wrought iron door manufacturing during the Baroque period (1584–1750) in architecture and never looked back. To this day, the flowery patterns and open scrolls of wrought iron doors are admired by millions worldwide.

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The filigree design’s delicate embellishments are made on fine threads of iron and laced onto the wrought iron doors. The curled and twisted filigree was first incorporated into jewelry and ironworks in ancient Mesopotamia. From then on, it founds its way into other prominent civilizations such as the Greek, Egyptian, and Byzantine Empire.

In England, filigree became popular during the rule of King Edward VII and quickly moved around the West. Some of the iconic wrought iron gates at Harvard also showcase the illustrious filigree ornamental works.


As the name symbolizes, Acanthus is an ornamental motif stylized on a plant’s characteristics with the same name. Characterized by its jagged leaves, the Acanthus spinosus is a Mediterranean plant found in many parts of Greece. The design was first used in Greece to beautify temple roofs and walls.

From 5BC onward, Acanthus found its way to the Roman Empire and Renaissance Europe, where it was used to decorate furniture and wrought iron doors. Today, wrought iron doors with Acanthus designs are among the most attractive door options.

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