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.
It’s no secret that DrapeStyle ships our custom made drapery and window treatments throughout the US and Canada. What you may not know is that we also ship internationally to Countries as far away as France, Australia, Japan, China and the UK. When we firsts started shipping our drapery and drapery hardware we thought, “how hard can it be?”. We learned that shipping our drapes overseas required some serious preparation. For example, we have had a few Clients in Australia (we love the accent by the way), who have ordered several times. The orders were large, enough to decorate an entire home. We initially thought that we would just “box them up” and ship the drapes like we would any other order. When we packed them, however, we quickly realized that we needed a little sturdier of a container considering these draperies were going to the other side of the world. So we contacted a local shipping / freight forwarder, and we are sure glad we did. They built us a very sturdy crate using “certified” wood that came along with a “certificate”. Like me you are probably asking what the heck “certified wood” is. It turns out that some Countries, including Australia, are very concerned about foreign insects crossing their borders. Many insects burrow their way into wood that is then used to build crates that ship goods. The little critters then catch a free ride into new Countries. So, this “certified” wood means that it is free of any hitch-hiking critters.
We got a pretty good education on the nuances of shipping our drapery into a lot of different Countries and we really think it benefits our Customers. Nothing worse than ordering your living room drapery, roman shades or any window treatments and then having them held-up at Customs or worse, rejected by Customs and shipped back to the Manufacturer.
So if you live in Paris Texas or Paris France we are confident that we will make you the very highest quality custom drapery available and have them arrive at your doorstep in perfect condition.
If you have any questions about our International Shipping please call one of our Designers at 800-760-8257.
I had a chance to get out and visit one of our Suppliers near Los Angeles yesterday. It was hot. Like 106 degrees hot. This supplier is where we buy our iron drapery hardware and we have been buying from them for years. They had a fire last year that nearly destroyed their business and it was time to make a visit and see how they are re-building.
When I started to walk toward the office I noticed that they had their workshop door wide-open. Standing in the sun was something that not many of us ever see being used, an anvil. And yes, it was being used. One of their Artisans was standing there and literally hammering out iron that would eventually become a drapery finial. The outside temperature was 106 and I imagine that inside the workshop it had to have been 120.
We use words like “hand-forged” and “hand-made” very loosely these days. I am sure that if you really dig down deep into the way most “hand-made” things are really made you might be a little disappointed. I stood and watched this Man hammer that iron for a few minutes and I felt a sense pride. Not really proud of DrapeStyle but just proud that their are People in America that are still making things with their hands. And, there are Companies that, when they say, “Hand Made” they actually mean, “Hand Made”.