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.
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At DrapeStyle we sell our custom made drapery all over the US and Canada but their are a few places that we really sell a lot of draperies too. One of those places is Grosse Pointe Michigan. So much so that we decided to visit Grosse Pointe and Troy Michigan, another one of our “Hot Spots”.
When we arrived in Grosse Pointe, just outside of Detroit, it didn’t take long to see why our traditional custom draperies do so well there. This is the epicenter of grand homes that displayed the well-earned fruits of many of the leaders of the Industrial Revolution. These homes were the result of “steel money” or “auto money” and they are simply gorgeous. Huge home on equally huge parcels of land with two-store tall windows adorned with billowing draperies that puddle gracefully onto polished oak wood floors. These are more than Homes, they are Manors and Showpieces of a proud time in American History. Driving through Grosse Pointe you can really get a sense for the time when “Masters of Industry” would build monuments that would become part of their and their Families lasting legacies. We loved our visit and can’t wait to go back.
Our Designers have selected some gorgeous new fabrics for our new Luxe Drapery Collection by DrapeStyle. These fabrics are unique and some are exclusive to DrapeStyle. We have small quantities from a variety of smaller boutique Fabric Houses and we really love them. Hope you do too.
Our first selections are gorgeous thick woven velvet and a embroidered poly featuring a infinity knot embellishment. Order fabric samples quickly as these fabrics won’t last long!
We are so loving our Roman Shades and Roman Blinds at DrapeStyle. We’re having fun creating some great traditional and contemporary looks! Consider layering your Drapery over Roman Shades for great depth and contrast! Don’t forget to add blackout lining to roman shades and blinds as well!