French for “door”, the portiere was originally hung over a doorless entrance to a room. Though its origins have been lost over time, it’s believed to have arrived in Europe from China. It was first used in European homes in the 4th century. Like many other home accoutrements, it then came to England by way of France, where it was called a rideau de Porte. It was used for reducing the drafts in a room from the open doorway. Margaret Mitchell made the portiere part of literary history, when Scarlett O’Hara made a new dress from her mother’s green portieres. Similar to our cream version, this blue “Portiere Romantique” features the same design, woven into a quality, rich looking tapestry. This tapestry is lined and has a tunnel for easy hanging.