Today, Kirsch is a household name in curtain hardware; the company was founded in 1908. In this early Kirsch publication, virtually all of the 14 window treatments show the influence of the Arts & Crafts movement—remarkable, given the popularity of competing styles.
Don’t get hung-up on a familiar handful of hand-knotted designs by Morris and Stickley. You have many choices, including hand-tufted, flat-weave, Caucasian, and Mexican rugs. In fact, few things will give you as much pleasure as choosing carpets for your home.
Practically, this drapery hung in doorways stops drafts (and dampens 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.