Lisa's Blog for Drapestyle

Lisa's Blog for DrapeStyle

For Well Over a Decade DrapeStyle has Manufactured the Finest Custom Drapery Available for Designers and Homeowners in the US and Canada

Archive for the ‘Custom Made Silk Drapes by DrapeStyle’ Category

Introducing Mulberry Silk Drapes at DrapeStyle

We are really happy to have a new line of Mulberry Silk Drapes at DrapeStyle.  Mulberry Silk is simply the absolute finest quality of Silk Fabric you can buy.  This Silk is harvested from Silk Worms that have been raised in climate controlled rooms and fed nothing but a diet of pure Mulberry Leaves.  The result is the finest, softest most uniform Silk fibers available.  The fibers are so consistent that just one thread can be as long as 180 feet.

When woven into silk fabrics the long, uniform threads mean that the resulting fabrics are thick, uniform and free of almost all nubs or imperfections.  We are one of very few Manufacturers in the US that have been able to purchase the Mulberry Fabrics and we ordered them in 14 amazing exclusive Designer Colors.

Please order sample of this fabric and feel the difference for yourself.

 

 

Elegant White Silk Drapes with Sheers

Sometimes less color is can be more elegant than more color.  We made these very classic white silk drapes for a Client and layered them with sheers behind them.  The look is more classic contemporary with French Pleats and no puddle.  The drapery length is just above the floor which adds to it’s tailored and contemporary look.  We also added simple white silk roman shades that compliments the silk drapes.  This is a relatively small living room and the light colors and bright windows make the space look larger.

Although the predominant color of the drapes are white, by adding the sheers our Designers have created interest and depth by mixing the textures of the fabrics.

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Sometimes white can create an elegant and classic look. We layered these White Silk Dupioni Drapes with White Sheers.

Both the Sheers and Drapes are French Pleated and we have added a white silk top-band to the Sheers.  The hardware is classic iron.  Like this look?  Call one of our Designers and let us show you why for over ten years DrapeStyle has been the best place to buy custom drapes and curtains online.

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White Silk Dupioni Drapes in French Pleat with White Sheers.

Custom Drapes on Sale

Really, who doesn’t love a sale?  At DrapeStyle we are constantly working with our Fabric Mills and Suppliers to get special pricing and discounts that we can pass along to our Customers.  Over the past few years the price of Silk Fabrics have skyrocketed.  In fact, Silk Prices have been increasing as much as 10% per month.  Many custom drapery retailers are moving away from Silks to lower price-point fabrics like cotton, velvet and polyester.  We have diversified our product offering to include more synthetic fabrics but at our “core” we have always been a “Silk Drapery” Company.  We have been pressing our Mills in India and at least for the next couple of months, we are getting a “break” on our silk prices.  So, in turn, we pass that “break” along to our Customers.  For the next couple of weeks you can save 15% off of our Solid Silk Dupioni Drapery Panels in your choice of pleat style including Cartridge Pleats and Grommets.  You can also still upgrade to Blackout on any size drapery panel, including extra long drapery panels for only $99 each.

If you are in the market for Premium Quality Custom Drapes than now may be the perfect time to get a great discount at DrapeStyle, but hurry, the sale ends May 9th!.

Custom Silk Drapes in Antique Dupioni

Hand-Woven Silk Matka

Our designers are often asked to explain the difference between the different types of Silk Drapery Fabrics we offer at DrapeStyle.  The three primary categories of Silk are Dupioni, Taffeta and Hand-Woven, also known as Matka.  All of our Silks are imported from India however, there are distinct characteristics that make each one unique.  Silk Dupioni is known in the textile industry for its modest sheen and less refined texture.  The natural texture and slubs in the Dupioni yarn give it a slightly less formal look, which makes it a timeless choice for any Decor.  Silk Taffeta is considered a more formal  and luxurious fabric due to its higher sheen and more refined weave.  Our Taffeta has a crisp smooth finish that looks elegant in any pleat style.  DrapeStyle’ s  European influenced, 100%  Hand-Woven Silk Collection is the new look of Silk.  We like to describe it as a  marriage between the elegance of Silk and the natural texture of Linen.  This combination gives it a unique,  heavy weight weave often used in transitional designs.  In any length, width or pleat style, this updated material has quickly become one of our best sellers.

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Hand-Woven Silk Matka Custom Drapes by DrapeStyle

 

The Weave of Silk Matka makes the fabric perfect for extra long drapes and Roman Shades.  Silk Matka is resistant to stretching, if you need longer drapes like 125 inch custom drapes, 126 inch custom drapes, 127 inch custom drapes or even longer than Matka may be a good option for you.  Call one of our Designers and let us help you determine your perfect length, width and pleat style.

 

 

 

 

Silk Curtain Photos

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.

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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.

 

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Saffron Taffeta Custom Drapes with Inverted Pleat

Same photo-shoot.  Chocolate silk dupioni drapes with a now vintage tie-back in Schumacher Fabric.

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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.

 

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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.

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Embroidered Silk Drapes in Fleur Creme, French Pleat

 

New Photo-Shoot, New House.  Embroidered Silk Drapes with Inverted Pleat.

 

Blue Embroidered Silk Drapes

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.

 

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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.

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Rod-Pocket Silk Drapes

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Double Bordered Silk Drapes with French Pleats

 

Here are a couple of fun photos of us taking photos!

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Editing some of our photos on while we shoot.

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Making of the Silk Hotel Drape at DrapeStyle

I know that we “say it” all of the time, but it really is amazing to see how talented our Team of Seamstresses are.  They make hundreds of custom drapery panels every month and they make each one by hand.  Our Silk Hotel Drape is one of Decorators favorite styles and we love to watch them being made.

Our Seamstresses start by “Tabling” the drape, which means that they roll the fabric out onto a table and hand cut the the silk fabric to the correct length and width.  Once the drapery fabrics are rolled out and cut, our Seamstresses will then have to cut the trim fabric that distinguishes the Hotel Drape.  They cut yards of silk fabric into long strips…by hand.  They then lay the strips of fabric onto the drapery fabric and pin it, by hand every few inches.  They do this all the way around the perimeter of the drapery panel.  Once they are satisfied with the position of the trim they will tack it down with a small amount of special fabric glue.  The glue will hold the trim in place so that it can move through the sewing machines without moving.  It takes us about 6-7 hours to make 1 pair of Silk Hotel Drapes or Linen Hotel Drapes.  I know that they cost a little more than our standard silk or linen drapes but if you came and watched your draperies being made by these wonderful Seamstresses I promise you that you would think that they are a “bargain”.

I know that today with all of our technology and almost everything that we have in our homes being imported from China it is hard to believe that there are still amazing and wonderful People who are making Products right here in America.  At DrapeStyle we are all truly honored to be part of American Craftsmanship and Manufacturing.

We really, really hope that you enjoy your DrapeStyle Drapes.

 

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Applying the Silk Trim to the Base Fabric of the Hotel Drape by DrapeStyle

 

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Applying the Silk Trim to the Base Fabric of the Hotel Drape

 

The Finished Silk Hotel Drapery by DrapeStyle

 

One of our Amazing Seamstresses at work.

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One of Our Amazing Seamstresses.

 

A Job Well Done!

A Job Well Done!

 

 

 

 

 

 
Christian Sinatra

Silk Drapery Construction

More goes into making a high-quality Custom Silk Drape than you may think.  Here are some of the quality construction elements of why our custom silk drapes have been Designers favorites for over a decade.  These are the drapes that House and Garden Called “Beautifully Made to Order”.

 

 

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Quality Construction Features of our Custom Silk Drapes

 

A: 100% Brass Grommets: Grommets are one of the most popular Pleat Styles for Silk Drapes. At DrapeStyle, we only use high-quality 100% Brass Grommets on all of our drapery. Brass Grommets will resist corrosion and will not discolor the drapery fabric. Our Grommets are also powder-coated (when a color is selected) which is much more resistant to peeling and chipping than paint. Finally, we hand-press each Grommet into the drapery panel. Hand-Pressing helps us to protect our fabrics from pulls, tears and “puckering” that are very common with “machine-pressed” Grommets.

B: 1-1/2 Inch Double Side-Hems: At DrapeStyle, all of our drapes are made with Double Side-Hems. Double Side-Hems really define “Custom” are are typically never seen in “store-bought” drapery. When making our side hems we use double the material, including linings and interlinings to create a very thick and heavy edge for the drapery panel. Making double side-hems uses twice the fabric than single side-hems but are one of the defining characteristics of High Quality Custom Silk Drapes.

C: 100% Indian Silk: We import all of our Silk Fabrics directly from India, many of which, are exclusive to DrapeStyle. India is the indisputable leader in weaving premium Silk Fabrics used in textiles worldwide. In fact, India has been weaving silk fabrics for literally thousands of years. At DrapeStyle we use Indian Silk exclusively, and never use lower quality (although cheaper) Thai Silk or any other inferior silk fabrics. Before we make your drapes we inspect the fabric by unrolling it in front of a back-light which shines through the material showing the fabrics flaws. Unacceptable flaws in the fabrics are rejected.

D: 4″ Double Bottom-Hem: Like our Double Side-Hems, we also use a 4″ Double Bottom-Hem on all of our silk drapes. Using a double-thick Bottom-Hem gives the drapery panel more fullness and allows it to “puddle” on the floor with more weight and thickness. Interior Designers and Decorators who know custom drapes would never specify anything other than a Double Bottom Hem.

E: Bottom Weights: We sew-in steel weights to the bottom corners of all of our custom silk drapes unless instructed otherwise. These weights are unique to “custom drapes” and are absolutely critical to the appearance of a well-made drape. The bottom-weights make the drapery panel hang straight and uniform and keep them from blowing in the slightest breeze. If you want “lighter” drapes that will blow more easily in the wind you can ask that we do not install the bottom weights.

 
Christian Sinatra

Making Silk Drapes

At DrapeStyle we make a LOT of custom silk drapes.  Been making them for well over a decade and shipping them all over the US and Canada.  Most people know that silk is a natural fabric that is woven from the raw silk produced by the Silk Worm.  Most raw silk is harvested in China and then chipped to India where it is woven into Silk Fabric and shipped all over the world.  India has been the predominant producer of silk fabrics for literally hundreds of years.

Our silk fabrics arrive from India on rolls that average about 40-45 yards each.  They are all 54 inches wide.  The first thing that we do when we are preparing to make a set of silk drapes from our fabrics is to roll the fabric out against a light.  We do this to look for imperfections in the silk fabric before we make any draperies from it.  As a natural silk, most people know that it is going to have natural flaws or imperfections, especially Dupioni Silk.  At DrapeStyle we have set “standards” of what we allow to pass and what we reject.  When we find flaws that we reject we have to cut the entire length of fabric to remove the flawed area.  Silk is expensive and having to cut portions of fabric out of roll and discard them hurts our profit margins.  It’s not the way other Manufacturers do it but we think that it is the right thing to do.

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Examining Silk Fabric for Drapery

 
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The Greek Key Viceroy Drape

We love the whole “Hollywood Regency” look.  You can really incorporate some of the design elements into a wide variety of decor.  The Greek Key is a timeless design that will lend itself to almost any interior.  We make these gorgeous custom drapes in your choice of solid silk fabric and apply the Greek Key Trim to the leading edge.

Consider stepping out of your comfort zone and choosing a dramatic and bold color.  We love the choice of yellow silk on this drape with the bold black Greek Key Trim.  Experiment a little and create a truly unique design for your home.  If you need some design advice, please call one of our Designers who will be happy to make suggestions and help you create an amazing focal point for your room.

 

 

Greek Key Custom Drapes

The Viceroy Drape by DrapeStyle

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Unique Custom Drapery and Roman Shades

Let’s face it, you can buy your standard size typical drapery panels anywhere.  The panels, which are typically made in China are often inexpensive and the quality is “OK”.  But if you are looking for some really unique custom drapery styles in silk and linen than you really need to give one of our Designers a call. At DrapeStyle, we have dozens of unique drapery styles available online but we also will create a “one of a kind” custom drapery design just for you.  And, they often won’t cost you more than the standard sized drapery panels you will find at a Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen Store.  As a matter of fact, we can design your entire room of silk or linen drapes, Roman Shades and valances without you ever walking into a curtain or Shade Store.  If you need extra long panels, wider panels or drapery to fit an odd-shaped window, we have you covered.  You can even send us photo of the window and we can create a sketch for you to give you a visual of how your drapery and hardware will look.

 

Unique Custom Drapery

Custom Drapery Design with Banding and Borders by DrapeStyle

Design Advice for Custom Made Curtains and Drapery

Do you need to hire a professional Interior Designer or Decorator to help design and select the perfect set of custom drapes for my home?  Maybe, maybe not.  At DrapeStyle we help thousands of Clients, the most of whom are Homeowners, create amazing custom drapes that fit perfectly into their homes.  We do this by employing the most talented Team of Sales Designers in the Drapery and Window Covering Industry.  When you call DrapeStyle and you are considering spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on custom drapes you deserve to speak with a Professional Designer who is able to “consult” with you and assist you.  Our Sales Designers are not paid on commission.  Their simple motivation, as is ours as a Team is to provide the very best Customer Service and support as we possibly can.

Our typical Client has questions.  A lot of questions.  They will often describe what they are looking for, what their vision is.  Once we get the measurements, which are most often provided by our Clients, our Designers go to work doing what they do best.  I will often walk through our Design Center and I will see one of our Designers working on a sketch for a Client.  So many times I am really amazed at the talent that we have.  Here are some of the sketches I picked up this week.  Of course, we don’t “charge” for this type of service, it is all part of working with DrapeStyle!

Custom Drapery Design Sketch by DrapeStyle

Custom Drapery Design by DrapeStyle

Custom Drapery Banded Design Sketch by DrapeStyle

Custom Drapery Banded Design Sketch by DrapeStyle

 

 

 

Custom Drapes at Less Than Half Price?

If you are looking for probably the absolute best bargain in custom made silk and linen drapes you definitely need to check out THE | OUTLET by DrapeStyle.  In THE | OUTLET you wont just find half price drapes but you will find custom made designer quality drapery and accessories at discounts of up to 75% off retail.  How is this possible?  Well, in THE | OUTLET, we use first quality remnant fabrics and sample fabrics that we get from Mills to make gorgeous draperies that are often one of a kind.  We try to use all of the remnants we have including trims, banding and fringes to make some amazing creations that you are not going to find anywhere else.  And, most of them are better quality silk and less expensive than half price drapes and they include outdoor drapery, Roman Shades and even tassels, tie-backs and accessories.  The one caveat with THE | OUTLET and all of our sale items is that many are unique and in limited quantities, so if you see something you like, grab them fast!

Will My Silk Drapes Fade in The Sun?

A frequent Designer Dilemma is how to be sure that delicate and expensive fabrics are protected from the damaging UV Rays of the Sun.  We are frequently asked by our Clients if their new custom silk drapes are going to be potentially damaged or faded in if exposed to direct sunlight.  The answer is, yes, they will.  We have Clients who purchase luxurious blue silk drapes, yellow silk drapes or our deep red silk drapes and are understandably concerned about fading of the rich colors in the fabrics.  The best way to protect you drapery fabrics from fading is by using a very high-quality lining and interlining to protect them from direct sunlight.  If possible we always suggest “blackout” lining as the blackout material is comprised of a sythetic membrane that is almost 100% inpenatrable from the sun.  Blackout lining is the best way to protect you silk drapes, or any drapery fabrics from fading.  In addition, using a high-quality lining or blackout lining will also help protect your upholstery fabrics and carpets from fading as well.  Most drapery retailers will charge you a bit more to upgrade your draperies to blackout lining but over the long-term they will provide lasting benefits and will certainly pay for themselves.  Most of the better Interior Decorators will almost always suggest a quality interlining and blackout lining for their Clients.  They know that it is better to invest a little more on your custom drapes with quality linings and blackout linings than to get a call a year down the road from an upset Client complaining that their drapery fabrics have faded.

The Simple White Silk Drape

When we look at all of the custom drapery style that we make and sell everyday here at DrapeStyle we make some observations.  One truth that we see year-after-year in our business, as interior design trends change, is that there are a few styles that endure.  Think of them as the short black cocktail dress of fashion.  In Drapery, one of the classic styles that is a cornerstone of interior design is the classic white silk drapes that we make month after month.  It just seems that in any length, width or pleat style, the simple white silk drapes seem to compliment any interior.  We make them for Homeowners, Designers and even hotels and restaurants.  You just can’t go wrong with classic elegance and versatility.  White is always a “Designers best friend”.  It may often seem to be the “safe choice” but often times it is the best choice.  It has certainly proven itself to be an enduring classic for many, many years.

Oh, you may also want to try them paired with Sheers, Roman Shades, Roller Shades or even Shutters!

 

White Silk Drapes

The Classic White Silk Drapery