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Could anyone tell me what is the correct or better name for this gate/door?

They are usually used by old shops in Asian countries (possibly from 1940s to 1960s).

The photo is on this web-page.

large rusty-looking folding window frames

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The Japanese variation of these are known as a folding shoji screen.

In Japanese, a 'shoji' is a wooden sliding door with translucent paper on, so a 'folding shoji' is a variation of that. I see your photo doesn't have the paper on it though.

In British English, a similar piece of furniture is known as a room divider. I see that on various online stores they advertise "Asian/Oriental Screens & Room Dividers", so perhaps that is the default descriptive name used, as 'shoji' is probably not widely known.

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    I've also seen them called Bifolding doors (even when there's more than 2 sections) or Roomfold doors. – Smock Feb 14 at 14:48
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    A freestanding piece of furniture like that was traditionally called a (folding) screen in British English. My parents had a fitted room divider in their 1970s bungalow (zigzag like the picture, but made of wood) which we called 'folding doors'. – Kate Bunting Feb 14 at 15:03
  • My aunt and uncle had one in their 1950s semi in Orpington. They called it a 'folding divider'. – Michael Harvey Feb 15 at 9:41

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