Beautiful Noren Japanese Curtains
Just like the ever-popular shoji screen room divider, many contemporary Japanese homes use Noren Japanese curtains in an artful way. Noren are traditional fabric Japanese curtains that play an important role in Japanese history and culture. These Japanese curtains date back to the Jomon era of Japan, which stretched from 12,000 BC to 300 BC. In ancient times, the Noren were used to protect temples and residences from external elements like dust, rain, and sunlight. They also provided a sense of privacy both in the home and in Japan’s public bathhouses. Today the Noren play both a functional and aesthetic role in Japanese homes and businesses. Indoors, these fabric curtains are often used to separate two rooms, or to divide a large space into smaller sections. They also serve as window coverings or curtains, and may be hung in front of a door to allow some air and light in while still maintaining a sense of privacy.
The Noren Japanese curtains can also be hung on the wall as a decorative and historical focal point within a room. These fabrics typically feature a square or rectangular shape, and come in many lengths to meet the needs of different applications. A half Noren covers only the top portion of a door or window, while Noren-length fabrics are extra long, and extend well beyond the length of a standard door. Each of these fabrics are slit along the entire length to make it easier to enter or exit.