The portieres, plush velvet curtains hanging from a solid mahogany rod 2 inches in diameter, attached to the rod by circles of mahogany (drape rings) and brass finials. Deep blue velvet on one side, rich red velvet on the other, the portieres separated the living room from the sun room, creating (at the will of the children) a secret and majestic space for play and . . . the source of mystery and delight for the young in the midst of the "jungerma" of a busy extended family.