By Deniece Charbonnier. Curtain. Published at Monday, January 29th, 2018 - 00:13:42 AM.
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.
The valance is a curtain that is used often to cover up rods or other hardware. There are various types of valances such as the waterfall valance, the ascot valance, or an Austrian valance. The type depends on the wanted appearance of the valance to be boxy or to drape across other hanging curtains. They are hung with an additional small rod to cover existing hanging curtains or hung with a bracket that is often attached to a more boxy style valance that surrounds an existing rod with drapes. Valances can also be hung alone above a window for decorative purposes.
You could also choose from either curtain tracks or curtain poles to fit your curtains. Curtain tracks offer ease of closing curtains, without them getting all wrinkly or overly pushed to the end of the track. However, curtain tracks are better suited for modern homes. If you have a taste for anything of the old country or prefer your room to be more of woodwork, try looking for chrome-coated or wooden poles that have beautiful that have rounded, decorative ends. Curtain poles are practical if you prefer not to open and close curtains frequently. Curtain poles look better if the curtains are closed, as the point of emphasis then are its ends.
There are several types of curtains to consider depending on the practical use along with the style or decorative way that a curtain will accent a room. One of the more common types of curtains is known as a pole pocket. This curtain is made with a casing at the top of the panel that slides over a rod. This style of curtain eliminates any need for rings. Sometimes the curtain is made with double casings that allows it to be placed over the rod on the lower casing. With this style hanging, the curtain can be pushed creating a ruffle throughout the top casing.
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