A parochet, or paroches, is the cloth that covers the doors of the Aron Kodesh (Ark) containing the Holly Torah scrolls in a synagogue.
The parochet, or ark curtain, symbolizes the curtain of which separated the holy section of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the Temple from the Kodesh HaKodashim, the Holy of Holies.
Skillfully hand crafted, the parochet is typically made of velvet and richly ornamented with artistic art, depicting motifs of ritual references such as Lions and 10 Commandments, Eitz Chaim (Tree of Life), Shema Yisrael or High Holiday symbols, often featuring verses from the Torah hand made or machine embroidered.
The ark curtain may come in various colors - red, blue, green or gold to match the Torah covers (Torah mantles) bimah and amud covers. During the High Holidays, the parochet, Torah covers and everything else are changed to immaculate white to symbolize the purity and holiness of the Days of Awe.
Width: Measure from left to right of the paroches or the width you prefer.
Parochet for a new Aron Kodesh: Height: Measure from the bottom tip of the rod (or from where you want to hang parochet) to the floor or surface of the opening area of ark.
Width: Measure from left to right of the opening area. We usually allow additional 1-2 inches on each side to allow waviness of the curtain.