Click an image below for a closer look at each of our folding screens
Panels are hinged together for easy movement and storage.
The Antique Korean panels and Chinese doors can also be stained or lacquered.
All our screens, panels, and doors are constructed from solid hard woods.
All panels, doors, and Korean screens are double-sided. Many of the silk screens and painted screens also feature a different scene on the other side. Be sure to check the additional images for closeups.
History of Korean Screens
Korean Screens are very decorative and strikingly different from their Japanese and Chinese counterparts.
Korean screens were built with solid frames that held complex patterns inside. The doors were shorter as between rooms in a traditional house there was often a step-up of 8” – 12” that the sliding doors would sit on. Each room would have either two or four panels that would open to access the next room.
The most fascinating aspect of these room dividers is their highly symbolic nature. Each family would commission the local carpenter to make screens with commonly known auspicious signs. Among the most common was the octagon (representing the tortoise which signified long life), the gourd (one of the signs of happiness), and the crane (which symbolized fidelity).
Later in the 1950’s some of the screens started to show influences from the Arts & Crafts movement. You can easily see the asymmetrical patterns, stars and other objects that made their way into the traditional designs.
Our screens also make excellent art pieces and window coverings.
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