There’s something inviting and a little mysterious about curtains in entryways instead of doors. The Japanese, masters of marrying beauty and elegance to utility, use split curtains called noren to signify that a shop is open and welcome visitors. Noren are equally effective and beautiful in any doorway, letting in breezes and light while subtly creating needed boundaries.
These pure linen noren are an earthy olive shade with a graphic lotus flower design. They’re made with a casing at the top and come with a simple bamboo dowel for hanging. As seller VivaTerra says, noren make for a mindful entrance; as you open the curtains and step through, let the brief pause be a reminder to stay present and meet whatever is on the other side with serenity. ($69. Note: VivaTerra is an EcoSalon sponsor.)