Published at Saturday, January 27th, 2018 - 22:44:22 PM. Curtain. By Capucina Chauveau.
The history of curtains goes right back to the 1700's when they were made out of cotton wool or silk, silk being the most expensive and exquisite. In the middle ages fabric was very expensive so only the very rich or upper classes would have them. It wasn't until the industrial era and the development of the textile trade that made fabric prices more affordable to most people. Once the glass industry was in full swing and homes were installed with glass windows, this again helped with the textile industry and brought the prices of curtains down.
There also many other types of curtains which have other uses, not just for windows. Shower curtains for example are made purely to keep water from leaking out of your shower or bath and are made of water proof material. Some curtains which are hung over doorways where a door would normally be are known as portieres. These types of curtains were very popular in wealthy households in the Victorian era.
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