History of Curtains

The perk of buying curtains online has not always existed. For one thing, online shopping in general depended on the invention of the Internet. Prior to that, curtains were sold in department stores and boutique shops, made at home by the textile-fanciers, and completely non-existent in the way we know them today. Take a trip through curtain history to learn more.

A Timeline of Curtain History

31st Century B.C.

From the early 3100 B.C. to the 3rd Century B.C., the great Egyptians invented curtains and used them throughout their entire rule. The very first curtains were made of animal hides and hung in doorways with hooks. However, through the years the Egyptians spun textiles from flax and linen at first, followed by wool, silk, and cotton. These were very valuable because these materials were more flexible but still provided a similar layer of warmth as that from the hides.

Seventh to Sixth Centuries B.C.

According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, another discovery of curtain panels dates back to the 6th and 7th Centuries B.C. in ruins from Olynthus civilization in modern Greece and from Pompeii and Herculaneum civilizations in modern Italy. It is suspected these people used curtain panels to divide rooms, as opposed to our traditional window treatment use.

Early and Middle Ages

Since the Early to Middle Ages are also known as the Dark Ages, there is not much proof of curtain use at this time. However, during the 6th-15th centuries, we can suspect at least the more affluent people hung curtains in doorways and over windows to keep warm. Those large castles can be quite dark, dreary, and cold!

Renaissance Era

The Renaissance (14th-17th centuries) brought life, color, and light to the everyday people. Architecture started to embrace the use of glass panes as windows, which brought in the light but also the creepers. For the first time, people were able to see directly into another’s private space. Therefore, those who lived during the Renaissance used fabrics over the windows for privacy. It is worth noting, though, that although this use sounds just like how we use curtains today, the design was still vastly different.

18th to 19th Centuries

The eastern countries of Persia, India, and China excelled at weaving silks in beautiful patterns, and in the 18th and 19th centuries, these tricks of the trade expanded through Europe and the western worlds, especially in United Kingdom, France, Holland, and Italy. During the late 19th century, the development of machinery propelled the textile industry and made way for mass production and easy accessibility for individual homeowners. The designs were big, bold, and beautiful! At this time textile designers also made use of lace to create the first edition of the sheer curtains we know and love today.

20th Century to Present

The 20th century and 21st century have proved that anything is possible when it comes to curtains. With machinery and technology making incredible advancements, people are able to design and to create nearly any style or size of curtain. Curtain panels are hung over windows for privacy, warmth, and decoration, and they are hung in large rooms as dividers. The possibilities are endless!

Need a little more information on curtains? Do you have questions about replacing your current drapes? Contact DrapeStyle, we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project!


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Do You Know Sarah Richardson?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DrapeStyle carriers an excellent selection of high end, luxury designer fabrics. Here is a little information about one of our top designers, Sarah Richardson.

 

 

Sarah Richardson has been a key fixture of the Canadian design world since starting out in 1995, working behind the scenes as a prop stylist and set decorator. By the late 90’s, Sarah realized that she could carve a niche in the emerging world of design TV by sharing her practical, endearing and inspiring approach to décor and design with viewers.  She launched her first TV series for HGTV in 2000, Room Service. 17 years later, she is the host, co-creator and co-producer of over 250 episodes of design television that span seven hit HGTV series targeted directly to the needs of a contemporary audience.  Room Service, Design Inc., Sarah’s House, Sarah’s Cottage, Sarah’s Rental Cottage, Sarah 101, and Real Potential are a collection of lifestyle television series dedicated to tackling the demands and design challenges of modern living.

 

 

 

Known for her upbeat and easygoing approach to creating elegant and timeless designs for every room in the home, Sarah inspires and empowers viewers by effortlessly sharing her winning style formula. Sarah’s enthusiasm for all aspects of design is infectious, and her ability to engage and inspire viewers has earned her a loyal and dedicated fan base across North America and around the world. Sarah’s programs are seen in over 100 countries worldwide.

 

Want more inspiration? Check out Sarah’s show, Off The Grid, on HGTV USA. And when you’re ready, view her fabrics here and design your own custom draperies. Need a little help? We’re here for you! Just contact us for more information or if you need a little help ordering your custom window treatments. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years and everything is still made right here in the USA.


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Drapes and Curtains Never Go Out Of Style

Drapes and curtains never go out of style! The fabric might but not the style.

From the beginning, window coverings were used for protection from the elements, for privacy, and to help keep the cold or warmth inside the home. The same holds true for today. Window coverings can help insulate your windows and help lower heating or cooling bills. Window coverings can provide much needed privacy-unless you don’t mind that your neighbors know what you’re up to! And window coverings can provide much needed color, texture and interest to your walls.

In the medieval times the more clothes people wore, the richer they were. The same rule applied to their homes and window treatments, the more fabrics and colors the window had the richer the family was. That’s how valances, cornices and curtains with trim were designed, to show the wealth of the family.

When I tell people that I design custom window treatments for a living they often ask, “Do people still buy curtains?”. And the answer is yes. Now, not everyone wants a beautifully textured silk drape with heavy lining, but we have a variety of styles and fabrics to choose from. Whether your taste is modern or classic, contemporary or industrial, we have something for everyone.

The benefit of purchasing draperies hasn’t always existed. At one time, window treatments were only available for purchase at stores. But now you can enjoy shopping from your home with the ease and convenience of online shopping. Looking for hard to find sizes? Let us make a custom sized drape or Roman shade for you. All shipped for free, directly to you.

DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years. We continue to custom make quality drapes, shades and pillows by hand. Nothing is ready made. Well made draperies will last 10-20 years or more. DrapeStyle’s way of making custom products takes a little more time and cost a little more but we think it’s worth it. We think you’ll be pleased.


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American Made

Estate Belgian Linen in Ecru with Schumacher Trellis Midnight Edge-Band
Estate Belgian Linen in Ecru with Schumacher Trellis Midnight Edge-Band

What better time than Valentine’s week to celebrate the love we have for our customers! Thank you for providing dozens of jobs right here in Phoenix, Arizona.

DrapeStyle has been making custom drapesroman shades and pillows in the USA from the very start.  Why is this important?  We not only design here, we manufacturer here.  This means that DrapeStyle is able to control the quality of the products it produces.  The custom drapes and roman shades we produce right here in Arizona are of the highest quality in both fabric and workmanship.  I receive about two or three calls a week, from customers wanting to know where our drapes are made.  I’m proud to say that DrapeStyle’s products are made in the USA.

silk living room drapes that puddle
Silk drapes with puddle

Need more great reasons to buy “Made in the USA” products?

  • When you buy American made products, the proceeds remain in the U.S. economy.  The money you spend then pays the workers that directly or indirectly created the product you just purchased!
  • American manufacturers abide by strict regulations to protect the environment.  These regulations do not exist in most of the top countries manufacturing and importing their goods into the USA causing massive pollution and environmental abuse.
  • Importing countries have little or non-existent regulations or standards for working conditions.  By keeping our dollars in the USA, we are not supporting these horrible working conditions (long hours, exploitation of children, extremely low wages, etc.).
  • Quicker turn around times.  Everything is here so that means it gets made more quickly, and gets shipped to you more quickly!
Custom Outdoor Drapery in Sunbrella Walnut
We feature Sunbrella Fabrics for all of our Custom Outdoor Drapery and Shades.

Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready-made”.  Custom draperies take a little more time, cost a little more money, but we think it’s worth it.  And most importantly, all of our drapes, curtains, roman shades and pillows are made from the highest quality materials, right here in the USA, by a team of professionals that have an average of 25 years experience.  We hope you have as deep as a commitment to American-made products as we do. For more information or to order free fabric samples, contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Custom Roman Shades as a Window Treatment Option!

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We love the look of drapes, so much so it’s even in our name!  

But did you know DrapeStyle also makes Custom Roman Shades?

When lowered, Roman Shades can provide light control, privacy and insulation to your windows.  When raised, they look like a decorative valance-what an easy and inexpensive way to transform your space!

Standing alone or paired with our custom drapes or custom curtains, DrapeStyle’s Roman Shades are a stand-out!  Each shade is made-to-order according to your specifications right here in our Arizona studio. Choose from any of our Silks, Linens, Cottons, or Polyester blends, along with noise reducing, privacy, or blackout lining options. The customization continues with your choice of cord position and outside or inside mount options.  All shades include cleats and mounting hardware.

 

Flat Striped Roman Shade

   Relaxed Linen Roman Shade     Flat Trellis Midnight Roman Shade

 

Inside or Outside Mount?

Inside Mount

Once you’ve selected your fabric from DrapeStyle’s 450 fabrics choices, you will need to determine whether you want to mount your Roman Shades inside or outside the window.  Would you like a more tailored look?  Do you have beautiful molding around your windows you would like to showcase?  You may want to consider Roman Shades that are mounted on the inside of the window frame.  When measuring for your Roman Shade, take three measurements for the width; at the top of the window, the middle and the bottom.  Your width will be the smallest of the three measurements.

For the length, again, take three measurements; left side, middle and right side.  Your length will be the longest of the three lengths.  A minimum depth of 1 ½” within the window casing is needed in order to mount the shade.

Flat Gate Black & White Flat Roman Shade

Trellis Navy Flat Roman Shade     Flat Gate Black & White 2 Roman Shades

 

Outside Mount

Would you like to create the illusion that your window is larger than it really is?  Would you like to hide an unattractive window?  Are there any obstructions that might hinder you from mounting the Roman Shade inside the window frame?  Outside mounted shades offer more flexibility for mounting.  For instance, the shade can be mounted anywhere above the window. You can create the illusion of a larger window by hanging your Roman Shade higher than the top of the window frame.  This is also a good option when there is not enough depth within the window casing to mount the shade inside.  The outside mount will also provide the best light blockage and privacy.

To measure for an outside mounted Roman Shade, measure the total width of your coverage area.  We recommend that you add 1-1 ½” to each side beyond the casing of your window.  This will be your ordering width.  For the length, measure the height of the coverage area and add 1” above the top casing for mounting.

Whichever mounting option you select, Custom Roman Shades are a great way to dress up a window and enhance your living space.

Relaxed Gate Grey Roman Shade

Relaxed Linen Large Roman Shade     Flat Patterned 2 Roman Shades

 

What is Control Position?

This is a simple one.  Would you like the continuous cord that raises and lowers the shade, to hang on the left side or the right side of the shade?

 

Which Shade Style Do I Choose?

Selecting a shade style will depend on your style and usage of your Roman Shade.  All of DrapeStyle’s fabrics can be used to make any style of shade.  If you need a little help, we’re here to guide you through the process: 800.760.8257.  Here are some helpful descriptions of different types of shades:

 

Flat Roman Shades

Flat Roman Shades are made with one piece of fabric and lay flat against the window.  They offer a clean uncluttered look.  Whether you are using a pattern or a solid fabric, the Flat Roman Shade is a classic way to enhance your room!

Flat Checkered drapes & roman shades

Flat large striped roman shade    Flat roman shade rendering

Custom Roman Shades, Flat Shade

 

 

Pleated Roman Shade

Soft, overlapping folds are created with the Pleated Roman Shade.  Silk fabrics offer an elegant look when made into this style of shade.  The Pleated Shade is also a great choice if it will be raised and lowered often.

Pleated Roman Shade Redering

Coffee Pleated Roman Shade

Red Pleated Roman Shade

Custom Roman Shades, Pleated Shade

 

 

 

Relaxed Roman Shade

Relaxed and unstructured, the Relaxed Roman Shade is great for decorative use.  Mounted outside or inside the window frame, this shade is casually beautiful.

Relaxed Stone 2 Roman Shades     Relaxed Green 3 Roman Shades   Relaxed Roman Shade Rendering

Custom Roman Shades, Relaxed Shade

 

 

Cascade Roman Shade

Made with evenly spaced pockets reinforced with rods, excellent functionally and a great look are created by the crisp pleated style of the Cascade Roman Shade.

Cascade Roman Shade Rebdering

Cascade flowered 3 roman shades

Cascade beige 3 roman shades

Custom Roman Shades, Cascade Shade

 

 

London Roman Shade

The London Roman Shade never fails to make a statements.  A classic, timeless design, this shade looks great in both solids and patterns.  The wider the window, the fuller the London Shade, therefore it is not recommended for very narrow windows.

London Linen Roman Shade

London Patterned Roman Shade  London Roman Shade Rendering

Custom Roman Shades, London Shade

 

Do I need Lining?

In one word, YES.  Lining not only gives the Roman Shade weight so that it drapes beautifully, but lining your Custom Roman Shades protects the fabric from damaging sunlight.  Selecting the appropriate lining for your room will make all the difference.

Will the shade be in a room such as a nursery or a theater room where you don’t want any light to come through?  You will need Blackout Lining.

Would you like privacy but still want some light to come through?  Select Sateen Lining.

Are your windows drafty in the winter or does the sun pour through in the summer?  Select Bump Lining to repel the heat and absorb cold.

 

Your Order is Complete!

And there you have it!  In just a few easy steps you can order Custom Roman Shades to properly fit your windows.  Or, if you still have questions, you can contact one of our designers and they will be happy to assist you with designing your very own Custom Roman Shades.  For more inspiration and ideas, please visit: http://www.drapestyle.com/custom-roman-shades.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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