Among our broad selection of Japanese gifts
, we offer a wide range of noren
. Noren, better known as doorway curtains, have been used in Japan for many centuries. In fact, the origin of the Japanese noren goes back to the Jomon Era, around 12,000 – 300 B.C. At the time, the sole purpose of norens were to cover the houses with it in order to protect them from the negative forces of the environment.
As the years passed, the use of noren in Japan also diversified. At first, businesses acquired the usage of these doorway curtains by hanging them outside their shops as indicators that their trades and specialties. Later on, the purpose of norens was further modified by these businessmen into advertising objects.
It was common to see norens hanging outside shops largely displaying the name and logo of the business. With time, norens started gaining popularity as doorway curtains for homes; due to which all traditional norens were longitudinally divided into two for the passage of a person through the curtain.
Today, Japanese noren serve a greater number of purposes. It is still common practice to hang them outside retail shop, announcing a uniqueness of the goods sold or specialties. At present, traditions, especially those carrying a long history, have a strong influence on today’s trends. In addition, giving value to one’s culture has also contributed to these trends; hence, norens have become a high priority in recent home décor. Apart from being doorway curtains, they are also used a window dressings and curtains, wall hanging decorations as well as bathroom curtains. Modern norens are split into several parts so as to provide an easier passage for people. It is quite obvious that the evolution of norens has taken home décor to a whole new level.
Decorate entryways, doorways, or walls with these lovely pieces.
Why not put some Japanese touch in your business place or even at your very own home with our Japanese Noren? Today, the noren is used in homes as well as in shops and restuurants as part of their decoration and became a very powerful medium to displays one's unique taste in fashion, style, and appreciation for Asian culture.
Aside from being a curtain, norens can also be a great use for pillows, quilts, or use as garments such as jackets or vests. They can be decorated with additional fashionable threads and beads. They have one or more vertical slits cut from the bottom to the top of the fabric which makes it easier for passage or viewing. Noren may come in many different materials, sizes, colors and patterns and rectangular in shape.
Norens were no longer use during the early part of the 20th century, but other Japanese restaurants still hung them in their entrance door.
Here, at AsianIdeas.com, we made your norens shopping much more easily by giving you a wide range of Japanese Norens designs for you to choose. We have Japanese Geisha, Sumo, Fortune Cat, Dragonflies, Pinky Cherry Blossom, Japanese Crane, Mount Fuji and many more. All you have to do is to pick the best design that will simply suit your sensitive taste and style