Noren (pronounced No – ren) are traitional Japanese dividers for rooms, wall, doorways or windows. I tend to use them mostly for wall decoration, but I do have one (black and white) between the entryway and room, and another over the kitchen window (pink with cherry blossoms).
On my walls I have the two in the photo, a purple butterfly, a blue / white with fans and a blue one of a wave. This does not include a few more I may have tucked away for future use 😀 The slits are always there, and some of the smaller ones usually have two splits (my blue / white fan noren for instance).
I decided to get a little bit fancier with mine (a la Martha Stewart) and I put a lighter green and white cloth (napkin?) between the slits.
Most of the patterns I’ve seen tend involve nature; owls, butterflies, vines, flowers etc. We do have one from Okinawa of a Shisha and one from Hokkaido that has a Danpa on it, but I’ll talk about those later.
And I promise to explain Shisha and Danpa 🙂
Yes, there is a one-up Mario mushroom attached to my light’s dimmer switch. 😉