Sometimes I look through our old photo-shoot files and find some images that I honestly had forgotten that we even had. So, I thought it would be a good idea to get those photos out to the public. This edition will be limited to silk drapery images and I’ll post photos of our Linen Drapes, Velvet Drapes and the rest of our photos in later posts. I’ll try to give you some perspective of where each photo was taken and some of the background of each as well. I hope you enjoy.
Well, I guess the best place to begin is…the beginning. This is the very first photo of a silk drapery panel that we ever took. Back in 2006, when we took this photo, we used to shoot on large-format 35mm film.
The film would have to be sent off to be developed and then when we got the final photos back, we would have to send them out to be professionally scanned. It would take us 2-3 weeks, and a lot of money, until we
finally had a “digital” photo that we could use for our young website. The photographer who took this photo went on to take photos for us for over 10 years. These drapes are Sea Blue Dupioni with French Pleat.
Aqua Blue Dupioni Silk Drapes
From the same photo-shoot. When we have a photo-shoot we use a lot of high-powered lights. This photo taught us that when we are going to use a drapery panel for a photo-shoot we need to make sure that
we use blackout lining to prevent the flash from being seen through the panel. If we would have used blackout lining on this panel, as we do on all of our photo panels now, the blackout would have
blocked the flash from being seen through the panel.
Saffron Taffeta Custom Drapes with Inverted Pleat
Same photo-shoot. Chocolate silk dupioni drapes with a now vintage tie-back in Schumacher Fabric.
Chocolate Custom Silk Drapes with Schumacher Tie-Back.
One of the many things that I love about our Business is being fortunate enough to have amazing Clients who invite us into their homes to photograph the drapes that we have made for them.
We have never paid for a photo-shoot location. Almost every shoot that we have had (and we have had many) are shot in the home of one of our Clients. No “Sets” nothing is fake.
Just great Clients who have welcomed us into their amazing homes.
Solid Duponi Silk Drapes in Salaam with Cartridge Pleats
When we started DrapeStyle one of our most popular fabrics was Embroidered Silk. We made some amazing drapes in these fabrics that we import directly from India.
Over the years the price of these fabrics has increased by about 5 times what we used to pay for them in the early 2000’s which has made them really expensive.
Because the fabrics have become so expensive, many of the Weavers in India won’t even make it any longer as they can’t sell enough of it to make the
weaving run profitable for them.
Embroidered Silk Drapes in Fleur Creme, French Pleat
New Photo-Shoot, New House. Embroidered Silk Drapes with Inverted Pleat.
Blue Embroidered Silk Drapes with Inverted Pleat
This is a simple single-width rod-pocket Embroidered Silk Drape. We added a 2″ Flange to the top of the Rod-Pocket.
Chocolate Silk Drapes Rod-Pocket
Here is a similar Rod-Pocket Single-Width Panel without the 2″ Flange. These are typically used as “side-panels” and would be decorative as opposed to functional drapes.
Rod-Pocket Silk Drapes
Pinch Pleated Silk Drapes with Leading Edge-Band and Cut-Ball Fringe
For some reason this has always been one of my favorite photos. This fabric was discontinued shortly after the photo was taken so we really never used the photo very much. To me it is a very
warm and “homey” photo. One of the things that I do notice when looking at these older shots that were taken on film is that they do seem to be richer and warmer in tone.
Caramel Striped Silk Drapes with Inverted Pleats
You would really be amazed to know how hard it is for us to get our hands on really good silk stripes anymore. Because silk production is now so low, most of the Mills that are making
any silk at all are just making solids. Very few mills are even making simple stripes that used to be so popular. We loved these wide soft stripes that were very subtle. These were gorgeous drapes.
Caramel Wide Stripe with Inverted Pleats
One of our popular Bordered Silk Drapes in Salaam Green and Chocolate. We split the length into thirds. The top-color goes on the top two-thirds of the panel and the border fabric comprises the balance.
We loved this color combination and with all of the silk fabrics that we have you can create thousands of combinations to suit almost any interior. It’s also fun to mix the fabric types, so silk on the top,
Linen on the bottom or vice versa. Don’t be afraid to take some fashion risks! Our Designers can help design an amazing set of draperies for you!
Bordered Silk Drapes in Chocolate and Salaam Dupioni
Schumacher has always been one of our favorite Fabric Mills. We’ve been making drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows out of their fabrics forever. This Hot House Flowers Fabric was a true classic!
We can make Tie-Backs in any of our fabrics, just give us a call to order over the phone.
Antique Gold Dupioni Drapes with Schumacher Hot House Flowers Tie-Back
The French Pleat is one of the most popular pleats we make. Really, the French Pleat has been a popular pleat for hundreds of years.
Antique Gold Silk Drapes with Parisian Pleats
So, if we can make some great Bordered Drapes, we can certainly make Double-Bordered Drapes, so, we did! If one border is good, Isn’t two borders even better?
Double Bordered Silk Drapes with French Pleats
Here are a couple of fun photos of us taking photos!
Editing some of our photos on while we shoot.