Japanese rice paper

Rice paper is traditionally used in Japan to coat doors.
We import high quality washi rice paper from Japan (Washi rice paper - Certificate of originality) and we use it to coat the sliding doors of cabinets and wardrobes. 

rice paper

Application methods of the japanese rice paper

According to how it will be used, there are several possible application methodos. Arpel will help you choose the right one for the sliding doors of your piece of furniture

Japanese rice paper with double-sided PVC coating

The plasticized Washi papers are protected by a double plastic (PVC) layer. Usually they are used without any other support resulting in very light doors. This coating is defined as semi-washable and is suitable for 19, 26 and 32 mm thick doors. Although these doors are very resistent, if you wish to give your shoji door more protection, we can add a thin transparent plastic support behind the washi paper. Find out more about the washi and polycarbonate layer below.

rice paper double sided pvc coating

Japanese rice paper on rigid polycarbonate layer

The white fiber rice paper (001) is treated with a special water-based liquid and glued on a 1 mm thick transparent polycarbonate panel. It is then uniformly sprayed with a water based vitrifying product to be further protected. It's also possible to request the double-sided PVC coating rice paper with this extra polycarbonate support; in this case however, the PVC washi paper is simply laid in place without applying glue.
The rice paper (001) treated in this way mantains a natural feel as it is not covered with PVC. One may still feel it’s natural roughness but it is at the same very strong and shock resistant. This makes it perfectly capable of contrasting the pressure from clothes inside the wardrobe. This coating is defined as semi-washable and is suitable for 19, 26 and 32 mm thick doors.   

rice paper on polycarbonate panel

Japanese rice paper on plexiglass

For 40 mm thick sliding pocket doors for bathrooms and kitchens, we generally use a rice paper on a 4 mm plexiglass layer. The white-fiber paper is normally glued on the plexiglass layer, while the double-coated PVC paper is normally applied without glue.

rice paper on plexiglass

Japanese rice paper between to plexiglass layers

For 40 mm thick sliding pocket doors for bathrooms and kitchens, we also generally use a rice paper inserted between two 3+3 mm plexiglass layers. In this case the rice paper does not need to be glued. This solution can be also used on 32 mm doors with a double sided wood grid. The plexiglass layers on either side of the rice paper are slightly thinner than the classic panels we use as support (2+2 mm).

rice paper between plexiglass

The japanese rice papers can have different textures:

rice paper 001
001 white fiber
rice paper 002
2 PVC-coating
rice paper 102
102 PVC-coating
rice paper 104
104 PVC-coating
rice paper 105
105 PVC-coating
rice paper 106
106 PVC-coating
carta di riso 107
107 PVC-coating
rice paper 108
108 PVC-coating
rice paper 110
110 PVC-coating
rice paper bambu
bambu-design PVC-coating