By Capucina Chauveau. Curtain. Published at Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 - 08:37:52 AM.
Casual swags over the rods are a design which can be played with in a lot of ways. These curtains do not require flamboyance. All you have to do is to choose bright colours and a fancy rod because it is going to show off the simplicity and beauty of the curtains. Such curtains go with contemporary furniture and contemporary lifestyle easily.
The grommet-top curtain is casual yet modern. There are large grommets sewn into the curtain at even intervals. A rod is used and goes through the grommets for hanging purposes. The grommet-top curtain is usually a large panel of differing materials and serves as a great light or draft cover.
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.
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