Portière in an Arts and Crafts setting. Portière in an Arts and Crafts setting.

A portière is a curtain hung over a door or doorway to prevent draughts. It was often made of a heavy material and decorated with a woven or embroidered design. Unlike curtains, portières were usually sold and used singularly. According to the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary the use of this French word in English only seems to date from the mid-nineteenth century.

The English designer John Henry Dearle (1860-1932) worked for William Morris at the end of the nineteenth century. He is believed to have produced several designs for portières, which were worked in the Art Needlework style.

Source: Shorter Oxford English Dictionary: 'Portière'.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 22 June 2016).


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