Whether you have a very large room that you would like to split up in two, a messy corner that you want to conceal for your guests or you would like to create a cosy sitting area, Asian screens can help you out. It is stylish decorative way of managing your own living space. Also, these screens can be folded, so you can easily store it when it’s not needed. The ideal (temporary) room divider!
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- Classical hand painted Chinese screens. These wooden or silk screens can have serious paintings on them, with subjects like Chinese nature, palaces or dragons. Also calligraphy of the Chinese characters is often used artistically on the Asian screens. These screens can appear quite eccentric in a Western house, depending on your own interior of course.
- Hand painted Japanese screens. The themes in Japanese screens are slightly different. You’ll find cherry blossom, kimono’s, Japanese mountains painted or on silk or paper. Also calligraphies of the Japanese calligraphies are used on screens.
- Shoji screens. Shoji screens were developed by the Japanese. Translucent paper is used instead of wooden or silk panels, which gives light still a chance in your interior. These screens can create the ultimate Zen style in your house. Also, there are lots of modern examples of shoji screens with modern colored frames.
- Bamboo screens. Bamboo is used a lot for Chinese and Japanese screens. You can choose the natural look of screens purely made with bamboo sticks, or the more classic screens containing woven bamboo panels. Beautiful and eco-friendly.
- One sided or double sided? When you know where you want to use the screen, check if both sides will be visible. Sometimes, one sided screens are fine, but sometimes, you might need double sided screens. Check before you do you purchase if the screen you select is one sided or double sided.
The history of Asian screens
Asian screens have been a key item in Asian interiors for ages (even B.C.E.). The first one paneled screens originate from China and were used to place behind an emperor’s throne. A short time later, folding screens were invented. They were initially made from heavy wooden panels that were painted and lacquered and not made to be moved. The paintings were true art expressions, using mythology, nature and the daily life in the palace as topics. Also battle axe patterns were often painted on the screens , the symbol of the emperor’s power.
In the 8th century, Japan discovered the folding screens. They perfected it for their own needs. In Japan, screens were useful for tea ceremonies, dances and concerts and so it was necessary to be able to move them without much effort. More often, silk and paper was used instead of heavy wood. The Japanese developed shoji screens, using translucent paper over a frame of wood.
Asian screens have always been used for both practical and decorative reasons. There are beautiful examples of ancient screens with the most detailed painted scenes of high historic value. Luckily, nowadays there is a great offer of affordable and modern screens to decorate your own home in your own style.