Kravet celebrates their 100th anniversary. Read more about this incredible company:
The storied tale of Kravet Inc.’s 100-year-old history starts in 1903. Samuel Kravet arrived in New York City from Russia. With a passion for men’s fashion and luxury tailoring, he started selling buttons, elastics and zippers for apparel. He would often visit the luxurious homes of his clients, which inspired a new endeavor: trimmings, tassels and tie-backs for the home.
Woven together through the years thread by thread with people, places and passion, Kravet has grown in size. All the while remaining true to its founding principles: extraordinary quality, unwavering integrity, and uncompromising commitment to the industry.
Five generations and 100 years later, these same principles continue to act as Kravet’s guiding light. Style curators search far and wide to supply only the finest, most luxurious and unique product in the world.
Every idea and vision is stitched together. Each piece an essential fiber in our vibrant tapestry, to tell one story.
Along the way, they have expanded. This includes a distinct global style, exhibited perfectly by brands Lee Jofa, GP & J Baker and Brunschwig & Fils.
Their commitment to innovation continues with its latest venture, CuratedKravet.com. Designers can find an edited selection of finished products. They are available for an easy shopping experience and in some cases shipping within days of placing an order. On this centennial celebration, Kravet honors its history and looks to its future – which is as bright as the brilliant people who make Kravet what it is today.
DrapeStyle is proud to feature Kravet fabrics and we congratulate them on their milestone. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years. We make each drape, each Roman shade and each pillow, by hand. We use the finest fabrics such as those manufactured by Kravet. We, too, make our products with extraordinary quality, and unwavering integrity. Please join us in congratulating them on their 100th anniversary. For more information on Kravet or to order samples, please contact us.
Today is National Tweed Day. Who knew, right? I thought it would be fun to share what I found online about this day.
National Tweed Day is observed annually on April 3rd. This day has a few different meanings, so you can choose which one you believe is the source of National Tweed Day.
Some people believe that National Tweed Day is celebrated to recognize senator-turned-crook William “Boss” Tweed. Tweed was born on April 3, 1823. He was the wealthiest and most powerful politician of his time. While being considered the “poster boy” for political corruption, Tweed is still known by many as one of the most notorious politicians in American history. He died in 1878, in jail, after being caught with millions of dollars of stolen public money.
Others believe that National Tweed Day celebrates the tweed fabric. Originally produced in Scotland, the fabric is a durable, rough, woolen cloth which was originally hand woven. The colors are traditionally earthy and blend well with the Scottish landscape. There are different families of tweed with different categories and styles of tweed that fall into these differing categories. Depending from which estate the tweed represents, the sheep from which the fabric is woven and the pattern woven, it could be a very special tweed indeed. Tweed was often worn by Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Professor Henry Jones of Indiana Jones.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Here are a few suggestions from http://www.dates.abouttravelingtheworld.com
***Do some research on William Tweed
***Watch Sherlock Holmes, Indian Jones or James Bond movies with family and friends
***Wear tweed on this day. This may include tweed dunks, suits, scarfs, trousers, caps or jackets
***Design a fashionable tweed attire and wear it for the day
***Visit the Tweed Museum of Art (it’s located at the University of Minnesota-who knew??!!)
***Listen to tweed music or Bob Dylan’s “Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum”
***Have fun with friends and family at the Tweed River Festival (In Australia!)
***Research the dog which became extinct in the 1800’s called the Tweed Water Spaniel
***Learn how tweed is made
***Go fishing on the River Tweed (In the United Kingdom!)
***Use #NationalTweedDay to post on social media
However you decide to celebrate this day, enjoy! And remember that DrapeStyle is your source for custom made designer drapes, Roman shades and pillows. We would love to help you design your dream drapes. Contact us for more information, or visit our website to view the over 500 beautiful fabrics.
The Window Coverings Association of America is the only national non-profit trade association dedicated to the retail window coverings industry and its dealers, decorators, designers, and workrooms who are our members.
WCAA was founded in 1986 as a division of the National Decorating Products Association. In 1993, the association left and became the Window Coverings Association of America.
Today the WCAA has almost 1,000 members in North America and the Caribbean.
Our mission is to make available educational opportunities, to encourage a code of ethics for fair practices, and to work for the betterment of the retail window coverings industry.
Our goals are to make available educational and motivational opportunities, to work for the betterment of the interior fashions industry and to encourage a code of ethics for fair business practices.*
DrapeStyle has been a member of WCAA for many years and the benefits of this organization are well worth the membership fee.
Benefits includes networking events, educational programs, member discounts, marketing tools, and leadership opportunities are just to name a few. The WCAA presents 10 webinars each month. I have personally have gained so much from these webinars that are full of information. From how to run your business more efficiently to showing you the latest and greatest products for making quality draperies and roman shades.
And once your business becomes a member, all employees will have access to the benefits. I encourage you to join this wonderful organization if you own your own business or are part of the trade. More information can be found here: www.wcaa.org.
So not only does DrapeStyle create some of the most beautiful window treatments, but we continue to learn and expand our knowledge so that we can continue to bring you the best products and customer service. We are happy to help you with your window treatment needs. Simply contact us with any questions you may have.
Did you know Linen is one of the oldest and best loved fabrics of the world? Linen has so many outstanding characteristics it’s no wonder that it is one of DrapeStyle’s most popular fabrics for custom Draperies, Curtains and Roman Shades.Here are some facts you may not know about Linen:·
Linen is a top choice for fine upholstery and window treatments, table furnishings and handkerchiefs. It can be used to make pillows, sachets, quilts, and just about anything.
Linen is prized for its smooth, cool texture, its strength, and its crisp, clean, stylish, and sophisticated appearance.
It is twice as durable as cotton, three times as durable as wool and it is grown naturally and safely without chemicals or pesticides.
Linen never causes allergic reactions and it is resistant to bacteria, fungus, noise, dust mites, and even radiation.
DrapeStyle is proud to offer several beautiful Kravet fabrics for Customizing your Draperies, Curtains, Roman Shades and Pillows. Established in 1918, Kravet is an industry leader for the home furnishings industry. This fifth generation family business distributes fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, trimmings, carpets and accessories. The family’s commitment to innovation has helped the company transform from a small fabric house to a global leader, representing brands and designers from all over the world.*DrapeStyle is proud to feature the following fabrics, all in 100% Linen:
The Ikat print, Bansuri, is made of 100% Linen and is available in 3 colorways:
One of DrapeStyle’s featured designers is Thom Filicia. From his exquisite line of fabrics, we offer Prospect: 100% Linen, ikat print, available in 2 colorways; Rattan and Shadow.
From the Kravet Couture collection, Fluid is 100% Linen with a beautifully embroidered pattern that you must see in person to appreciate. Available in Mineral and Quince.
The Riad pattern comes from the innovative Los Angeles based designer Windsor Smith. Riad is printed on 100% linen and is available in 6 colorways.
One of the most common questions were are asked when speaking to a Client about new custom made drapery is “what is the best fabric for my drapery?”. The simple answer is that it “depends”. Linen is, and has been becoming more and more popular for our Customers in the US and Canada. It seems like we’ve been seeing Linen Drapery in more and more catalogs and larger Retailers like Restoration Hardware and Ethan Allen which may have added to its spike in popularity. Linen has been used for drapery for literally thousands of years. In fact, linen drapes have been found in the tombs of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs.
Linen is relatively inexpensive and widely available in a large variety of weights and weaves. Linen absorbs color dies very well which results in deep rich color. When it comes to drapery there are a few features of Linen that are important to consider;
Linen hold some pretty stubborn wrinkles. Over time, when used as custom drapery, the wrinkles will relax but you may want to use a steamer to expedite the process. We use great care in folding, packing and shipping our drapery to minimize the wrinkles before our Clients receive them.
For the most part, linen is a natural fabric and is prone to fading over time. Especially when exposed to direct sunlight. Be sure to use a very high-quality lining to protect your custom linen drapes from fading prematurely.
At DrapeStyle we offer a wide variety of Linen Drapery to choose from. If you are concerned about wrinkles you may want to consider our Manhattan Linen Collection which features a blended linen and poly fabric. The Poly component helps with the colorfastness, reduces fading and reduces wrinkles. Plus, our Manhattan Linens are a great value.
If you need any assistance in selecting the perfect custom linen drapery for your home, please call one of our Designers who can walk you through all of the options available.
One of the most common questions we get is about our linen drapes wrinkling. It’s no secret that linen fabrics are prone to stubborn wrinkles and no one wants drapes that look like crumpled paper. The simple answer is that linen drapes are going to be more wrinkled than any other fabric that we carry but there are some things you can do to help.
First: Please make sure that you open the drapes as soon as they arrive and hang them as soon as possible. We keep all of our drapes hanging until the moment that they are bagged and then boxed. As soon as they are boxed they are shipped. We never leave any of our drapes boxed for an extended period of time. I like to think of them as “fresh produce” – box them and get them on the truck! Once you get your drapes hung they should relax pretty quickly and the wrinkles should fall out by themselves over the course of a few days.
Second: If you have hung your linen drapes and they have a few stubborn wrinkles in them you can steam them out. Don’t use an iron but get your self a garment steamer and fill it with distilled water. You will need to steam them pretty thoroughly but please do not steam the fabric so much that they get “wet”. It will be helpful to stream from both the front and back of the fabric.
Finally: Really bad wrinkle? You will have to break out the iron. Use a medium heat setting and get a small travel-size iron-board that you can hold up behind the drapery fabric. Doing this will allow you to iron your drapes while they are hanging which is the best way to iron them.
We recently launched our new line of blended linen drapes, we call them the Manhattan Linen Collection. The Manhattan Linens are great because they are woven with a small amount of polyester which really helps to reduce or even, eliminate wrinkles. These Linen Drapes give you the best characteristics of 100% linen with the wrinkle resistance of polyester. Order a sample and have a feel for yourself.
We’re making some really long and really wide custom drapes today for a Client in New York. These are Linen Drapes in our Hotel Collection and they are just over 15 feet long and 9 feet wide. These are really big drapery panels and adding the trim is not an easy task. The trim is hand cut out of silk fabric, tacked to the linen drapes and then sewn on. These are true Artisans at work! Notice how she is using a straight-edge to guide the silk trim on the linen fabric.
Shopping for Linen Drapes? We’ve done a little shopping of our own to compare pricing on custom linen drapes. The results are attached and will give you current pricing as of May 2014. We used some “standard sizes” as one of the Retailers in the Study does not offer custom sizes. Restoration Hardware offers ready-made sizes, so to be fair, we used their sizes as the basis of the comparison.
Custom Linen Drapery Price Comparison:
Drapery Finished Width
Drapery Pleat Style
Drapery Panel Price (Per Panel)
$455 per panel
$387.91 per panel
The Shade Store
Linen Blend (97% Linen, 3% Cotton)
$681.30 per panel
Notes: All of the drapery panels we priced are Privacy Lined, Not Interlined. The Shade Store only had an option for a Cotton, Linen Blend. 97% Linen and 3% Cotton. No option for 100% Linen.
Once in a while we like to just re-introduce one of our styles. This afternoon we were looking at a brand new pair of amazing Estate Linen Drapes that were just finished and I realized that we haven’t really talked about these lately and they are one of our best selling drapery styles. In case you have not seen the Estate Linen Collection you really need too. These Custom Belgian Linen Drapes are softer and thicker than our classic linens and a bit heavier. The weave is little more relaxed and they hand so beautifully. Like any natural linen, they are going to be prone to wrinkles but a little time hanging on the rod should take care of them. If you need too you can hit them with a little steam which will also make the wrinkles relax sooner.
We love to dress these linens up with edge-bands, borders and ribbons. For a limited time you can add a solid linen contrasting edge-band at no additional charge. None, zip, zero, so hurry. If you want one of our Designer Fabric edge-bands we are going to have to up-charge you for those but the solids are on the house for as long as we can afford it!
Like with Silk Drapes, our Linens are a natural fabric so you may want to take advantage of our blackout lining promotion and upgrade the lining to blackout to both protect the fabric, give you more insulation and privacy. For $99 bucks per panel the blackout upgrade option is the easiest decision you will make when ordering your new drapes.
If you need some help selecting an edge-band, border or trim, please call one of our Designers. They love creating unique and one-of-a-kind creations for our Clients.
We can’t wait for summer at DrapeStyle and we are ready with new Sheer Linens. Sheer Linen is the perfect “Cottage Cozy” custom drapery fabric for gorgeous light-weight drapes. You can’t help but think of Coastal Living Magazine when you see these drapes and we really love them. Right now we have them On Sale to help you ease into summer, and you can enjoy No Payments and No Interest for 6 Months with Bill Me Later.
Oh, and Don’t be afraid to add a decorative trim detail near the pleat, on the leading edge or on the border. Our Designers would love to make some suggestion for you, just give us a call at 800-760-8257.
Linen has been one of our most popular fabrics for over a decade. We offer a few varieties of Linens all of which make classic and luxurious custom drapes. Which is the right Linen Fabric for you drapes and you home? Let’s first discuss a little about what linen is, how it is made and little history of this fabric.
Linen is actually harvested from the Flax Plant and dates back to ancient Egypt as early as the 4th Century BC. Originally Flax was boiled and woven into Linen fabric which was used extensively for tunics, gowns and even wrapping of the bodies of the deceased. Later when the milling and production processes improved so that Linen could be woven into longer lengths it was used to create decorative draperies for the Ancient Kings and Pharaohs. When King Tut’s Tomb was discovered and opened, they found linen drapes still hanging where they had been for centuries.
Later Linen production moved to Europe where the process was further improved and the fabrics were used for clothing, upholstery and even for the insulation of homes.
At DrapeStyle we offer a few varieties of Linen for our drapery. Our Classic Linen is a well-made heavy-weight Linen that is imported form Europe. We love to create different drapery styles with Linen such as our Bordered Linen, Banded Linen and Hotel Drape in Linen. Our Classic Linen is available in a variety of solid colors.
Our Patterned Linen is the some Linen Fabric as our Solid Classic Linen and comes in both traditional and contemporary patterns including the popular Ikat and Chevron Patterns.
Our Estate Linen is a heavier weight and softer woven linen that makes incredible custom drapes. Our Estate Linen is also known as Bristol Linen and it has a much wider and looser weave. I would suggest ordering samples of both the Classic Linen and the Estate Linen and you can easily see the difference in the weave of the fabrics.
This year we introduced our Manhattan Linen Collection. Our Manhattan Linens are a blend of Linen and Polyester and make amazing drapes. The primary benefit of blending some Polyester into the Linen Weave is to reduce the amount of wrinkle that you will get from 100% Linen. If we get any comments and concerns about Linen it is that it wrinkles easily and will usually need to be steamed to release the wrinkles. The blending of the Polyester significantly reduces the amount of wrinkles and also makes it much easier to remove any wrinkles that may exist.
Finally we offer our Sheer Linen Collection. Like the name implies, our Sheer Linens are extremely lightweight (they can easily be seen through) and are very similar to gauze in weave and texture. Our Sheer Linens are the perfect fabrics for those casual bungalow drapery panels. When you think of Sheer Linens just think of Coastal Living Magazine, relaxed and casual.
Please feel free to call one of our Designers to answer any questions that you may have about our linen fabrics and custom linen drapes.