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.