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Origins - Japanese Architecture

Simple lines and angular forms mark Japanese architecture where you can hardly see any ornamentation. This unique style came forth primarily because only wooden stuffs were used in construction.

Many of these japanese architectural structures have been preserved by the ongoing replacement of materials throughout the centuries since wood is not the most long lasting of building materials.

Shoji Sliding Doors & Shoji Closet Doors

The best and earliest examples of Japan's unique style of design can be seen in shoji doors whether shoji sliding doors, shoji closet doors, or shoji screen doors which date back to ancient times.


Shoji doors, shoji sliding doors and shoji closet doors are trouble-free to install in any style of home. An easy and fashionable method is to put together surface-mounted tracks from which the screens hang like rolling shutters to cover windows, open or empty spaces, or sliding glass doors.

Single Sided Shoji Sliding Door

Single Sided Sliding Door Shoji Room Divider in Rosewood

The pictured is in rosewood, also available in Black, Honey, and Natural. Comes with sliding doors, top and bottom tracks, and right and left door jambs.

Other applications include pocket doors, inserts over existing doors, covers for double-hung or hinged windows, befouling closet doors, sliding closet doors, tub or shower doors, freestanding screens, or even covers for ceiling-mounted fluorescent lights.

Japanese Houses & Shoji

Most Japanese houses have a sliding front door made of a wooden frame with paper stretched over it. They are set in grooved beams, so they can slide to one side or the other. Western style doors need some space for opening and closing, but sliding doors need no such space.

Shoji doors permit the passage of light, so they fulfill the same function as curtains or blinds, suited to the very humid Japanese climate because they absorb and release moisture. Shoji doors, sliding doors partition the rooms and by taking out the paper screen doors, we can easily make one larger room.

Shoji is the best in controlling space and light. Having relatively little weight and easily transferable, Shoji doors assure privacy, flexibility, and mellow daylight to the interior of the house. The shoji doors, shoji sliding doors and shoji closet doors are becoming especially relevant when you try to pack more usefulness into smaller spaces in your home.

The rectangular grid of slender wood strips can be cedar, cherry, mahogany, maple, oak, pine, redwood, teak, or walnut; or a varnish finish is also available sometimes. Traditionally the frame is backed with a fibrous paper, but more durable materials--such as vinyl, fiberglass, white or etched glass, or acrylic panels rough-textured on both sides to look like paper. Shoji doors can be substituted and still keep hold of the rice-paper look.

Art Painting

Shoji doors some times comes with sumi-e, literally "ink picture". Like Japanese calligraphy, where we can't see much color, it is a style of painting in which a simple brush is used with black ink to paint on white rice paper.

The conventional subject matter of sumi-e paintings is landscapes or objects from nature and sometimes animals or people. Simple lines characterize sumi-e and strokes designed to capture the essence of a given subject. While sumi-e is traditionally painted with black ink on white paper, over the years this art form evolved and many wonderful examples of sumi-e can be seen painted on silk and using a variety of colored inks in the shoji doors, shoji sliding doors or shoji closet doors.

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