SHOJI. Japanese holding screens.

By | July 13, 2007 6:45 am |
Elements of designing

We already know about Fengshui, Japanese bedrooms and Zen principles. But, as for me, they all are rather vague. Sometimes it is even impossible to find out, which style does this room, thing or a piece of furniture belongs to. But one thing I know for sure, there are some special screens, or as the Japanese call them – Shoji screens! When one see this screen you perfectly know where he is and what a style of this room is.


History if these screens started at the times of Han dynasty (200BC – 200AD). They were made from paper, rice paper. They were seen at the most honorable and glorious events. There are a lot of variations of Shoji screens, some of them: fusumaShoji Screen.3JPG and tobusuma. Earlier such screens were used as partitions, brightly decorated with native paintings. They were rather heavy and made mainly from wood. They served many functions, being used as back stages while dances or performances, for tea ceremonies, to separate one room into different spaces. There were even different types of folding. By the way, despite there gentle and even subtle look, these screens are really durable and strong, it is achieved through the usage of unique technique.

With the development of trade between eastern and western countries, different objects from the East began flooding our countries. They were not just exotic and unusual, they were practical and durable. They brought light into our flats and homes. And they became popular, very popular. But we use them as decorations, beautiful details. We perfectly understand – they make us happy, they bedazzle us. It seems impossible, but somehow they create relaxing atmosphere and help to hide from the busyness of the outside world.

There exists another view onto Shoji screens, for a long period of time, they were used as objects, supporting walls. They have a wooden framework with a transparent rice paper on it. Often they are used together with special Shoji lamps.

As to my mind, the increasing popularity of Shoji screens and Japanese furniture at all, can be explained by its extraordinary calmness, simplicity, even peacefulness. They give us a feeling of tranquility and help to get rid of every day deals, work etc. They give us a calm oasis in the middle of big city hustle and bustle. I am fond of oriental furniture and their style! One day I would like to visit Japan!

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6 opinions for

SHOJI. Japanese holding screens.

  • Tea set philosophy | August 13th, 2007 at 7:05 am

    [...] history of a traditional tea set starts in China in the times of famous Han dynasty reigning. Teas sets were made from porcelain and divided onto 2 types white porcelain in the North [...]

  • "30" Ideas How to Make Your House Perfect | October 17th, 2007 at 9:00 am

    [...] shoji-screens, various folding-screens and partition-walls in order to separate a working zone from the [...]

  • Making Shoji Screen | December 18th, 2007 at 6:34 am

    [...] hope, you still remember my previous posts about Shoji Screens, so I will just remind you, that Shoji screens are a nice, simple and elegant way to divide a room. [...]

  • Hind | December 28th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    There is no comment .There is a question . In which shops in K.S.A I can find these kinds of partetions . Thanks .

  • Hind | December 28th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    I like the partetions.

  • Furniture | January 12th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Japanese shoji screen is made of paper, fabric, or glass on a wooden frame. And you should know that it could be used as a room divider, or for windows or doors.
    The traditional Japanese house is similar to a very large piece of furniture, especially the floor and the tatami mats.


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