- Noren Collection -

When you enter a Japanese shop or restaurant, you may have noticed the short curtains hanging over the entrance. These are Noren curtains, a ubiquitous symbol of Japanese design that permeates cities, villages and homes alike.

Noren curtains are fabric dividers hung in doorways, over windows, on walls and between rooms. They come in many shapes and sizes - as our selection here shows - and are made from a variety of colours, patterns and materials.

Noren Curtains Origins

Noren are thought to have originally appeared during the Heian period (794-1185), where they were used to keep homes cool or retain heat in colder weather.

Gradually, they were also used in shops to protect entrances from dust, dirt, bad smells and smoke; a function they still perform today.

In cities, noren are traditionally used by izakaya (Japanese pubs), sushi counters, ramen restaurants, shops and onsen. They typically display the names of the shops they represent.

Fabric wall hangings have become a popular addition to homes of all styles in both Japan and the West.

Thanks to their versatility, noren can be placed in a variety of locations, depending on whether you want to change the look of a room or increase its privacy.

Noren are not only suitable as fabric wall hangings and door coverings, but also as coverings for windows. You can even use them to divide a room into two or more separate areas.

In smaller homes where the kitchen flows into the dining or living room, for example, noren can be used as a room divider.

This provides a more adaptable and flexible partition than a solid door and is also a great talking point for guests.

Wherever you hang them, the eye-catching designs of Japanese noren will add a touch of character to your home.

So if you're looking for something new that's versatile, they're worth a look.

With a range of practical and decorative options, they will really stand out and add a unique touch to your home.