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A toran is a decorative door hanging in Hinduism.  The word toran (or torana) originally referred to sacred gateways in Indian architecture. Both the sandstone gateways and these fabric ones serve a similar purpose of welcoming those who enter into a space. There are lots of different types of torans, the ones I’ve picked out above have ‘flaps’ hanging down that are meant to resemble mango leaves which are said to absorb negative energy from anyone entering a home. I absolutely love the look of these colorful valences and think they look beautiful in many contexts. I’ve seen plenty of them used in baby nurseries, around beds, around the perimeter or nooks and above window seats…


From the home of Paige Morse, who is featured in my upcoming book, The New Bohemians.

If you want to learn a bit more about them, here is a great little article. And if you’re in the market to purchase one, I’ve found a few really pretty ones (including the ones pictured above) and added them to my Colorful Casa collection on eBay.

Justina Blakeney Justina Blakeney

Designer, artist, stylist & mama. Founder and CCO at The Jungalow. Crazy for color, pattern and plants!

7 responses to “Toran”

  1. oni says:

    ive always wanted to buy one of these but never knew what they were called! thanks for making lide easier on me.

  2. Danae Horst says:

    I never knew what these were called. They’re so gorgeous!

  3. hana says:

    wonderful post! great narrative about the heritage and modern applications.

  4. Krista says:

    Hey, Justina! Just wanted to say thanks for linking to our Provenance article on Toran. Glad you enjoyed it.
    Krista & Tami

  5. Lourdes says:

    I want to know where and how to buy these toran thanks

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