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Portieres, or Door Curtains, for Houses 1900–1940

by Brian D. Coleman
Practically, this drapery hung in doorways stops drafts (and dampen sound) between rooms—but portieres also offer a romantic, inviting transition by softening doorways. Most were made of fabric, but portieres might also be made of strung beads, tassels and decorative cording, even seashells (for your beach bungalow). They remain an appropriate accent for the Arts & Crafts home today.
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