Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Pretty Portiere!

Although the drape you see here is more for mere decoration and drama, the original concept of the portiere (French for door curtain), was more about controlling the temperature from room to room of drafty air currents. It also aided in the separation of the home's public and private rooms.

I just think they are glamorous and mysterious!

This is a length of fabric that is just about the right amount to make your own perfect portiere! The exquisite Mariano Fortuny cotton is really a showstopping textile, hand woven and hand dyed in Italy, in the most stunning cobalt blue with an irredescent yellow overlay. It was originally purchased by the owners grandmother in the 1920's or 30's, and is in excellent condition. This is really a textile collector's dream and is available on etsy from Hold The Wire.

Add a Little Glamour and Mystery to Your Home Today!

--Lee Ann

Linking to Frenchy's French Obsession Party!


Casa Bella said...

Hi Lee Ann,
I love the texture and colors of that amazing fabric on the first image. And I agree, the length and volume is what makes that drape an absolutely stunning piece. Love it. Love it!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour LeeAnn,
Lovely fabric - I learned to decorate with these 'fabric doors' from my Mother. She was my style icon!
The fabric from Hold the Wire is lovely and would be perfect.
Thanks for sharing,

Anonymous said...

This would be lovely to put at the entrance to my home office and as doors for the closet. So much better than prosaic old doors!

Jennifer said...

Oh, I just love your blog! Thanks so much for including my Fortuny fabric as part of your piece on the portiere. Those really look beautiful and it would be nice for keeping heat in one room and for privacy!

High Heeled Life said...

What a wonderful reminder ... this fabric is over the moon delightful...xo HHL

Frenchy said...

Gorgeous ! Thanks for linking up again :)