What is Noren (Japanese Noren Curtains)

What is Noren (Japanese Noren Curtains)

Noren is a traditional Japanese curtain or Japanese fabric divider. Noren was originally made to protect a house from rain and wind. It also kept the home warm on cold days and created a cool shade on hot summer days. However, it has also became an interior for many people using it as wall art and hanging art at home, office, stores and many other places.


The Origin of Japanese Norens 
The term "noren" was first used in the late Kamakura period (1185-1333). The term "noren" was introduced from China along with the Zen sect of Buddhism, by the meaning of a "warm bamboo blind."

Originally, the curtain was a layer of cotton cloth hung over the entrance of a zendo to protect people from the cold winter, but the curtain-like cloth hung over doorways became popularly known as "noren" after this period.
In Japan, it became very useful as it was used to divide rooms to allow people to pass through easily.
Noren is a crucial part of Japanese culture.
The noren of a long-established business shows its polished establishment, while the faded curtain quietly reflects its engraved history. The noren of an old store shows its polished authority, while a faded curtain quietly shows its engraved history. The rope curtain invites people in with a hint of melancholy.

The noren has been slowly nurtured in the lives of ordinary people. The curtain will continue to live in harmony with the new lifestyle in the world today.

The Elegance of the Japanese Noren
Interior noren also known as the floor noren, room noren, or zashiki noren. In the Edo period (1603-1868), the noren was used as a blindfold or partition at the entrance to bedrooms and closets.

It was also used in Kabuki and other theatrical productions in the same way as chouke. This is called a noren-guchi.