Friday, March 11, 2011

The other door - Portiere

I think it's best if I tell you about the origins of the portiere (Ha-I had never heard of them...  
my good friend Whitney, who is part French, very kindly told me of portiere's when I first started my interior design business).

 from wikipedia 

A portière is a hanging placed over a door or over the doorless entrance to a room. Its name is derived from the French word for door, porte . From Asia it came to Europe at a remote date. It is known to have been in use in Europe in the 4th century, and was probably introduced much earlier. Like so many other domestic plenishings, it reached England by way of France, where it appears to have been originally called rideau de Porte (literally, "door curtain")..
In Margaret Mitchell's novel, Gone with the Wind, the protagonist Scarlett O'Hara makes a new dress from her mother's green velvet portieres. Although the term is used incorrectly in the movie. The characters are talking about green velvet window curtains while portieres are so named because they hang in doorways. (the scene was famously parodied on The Carol Burnett Show when Carol Burnett, playing the role of Scarlett, wore not only the fabric but the rod as well).

 Now who knew that green velvet dress was really portieres? 
I didn't know that-and I am from the South.
Go figure!


I love to use them in client's homes-
this one for a bathroom.

Here I used a portiere where there was no door to separate the kitchen from the dining area
I use them whenever I can in design jobs!

Cote Sud,photo - Gilles Trillard

The three pictures above where taken from a lovely Taschen book by Lisa Lovatt-Smith.

OK- so now we all know about Portieres. Don't you think they are a delicious
 solution? I Do.
Tell me, where you plan to use portieres?

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  1. I have portieres separating my bedroom from my living room (in a loft)and they are a great solution.

  2. Wonderful and inspired images.
    I wish you a happy weekend Peggy,

  3. lovely blog!
    lovely photos!
    happy week,

  4. love this!!! I would love some in my entry hall/living room. one day.....

    thanks for your comment today - much appreciated!

  5. "Life is like riding a bike, in order to keep your balance you gotta keep moving!"
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    Welcome back. Wonderful photos, wonderful story. So glad you could be there.

  6. Thank you to Brilliant Interiors-love your blog. xxpeggy

  7. Cecilia you are so gracious+kind. Thank you xxpeggy

  8. Rosa thank you so much for your comment. xx peggy

  9. Joni thank you for your kind response xx peggy

  10. wedding..loved that poem about life. Thanks xxpeggy