Is Linen The Best Fabric for Custom Drapery?

One of the most common questions were are asked when speaking to a Client about new custom made drapery is “what is the best fabric for my drapery?”.  The simple answer is that it “depends”.  Linen is, and has been becoming more and more popular for our Customers in the US and Canada.  It seems like we’ve been seeing Linen Drapery in more and more catalogs and larger Retailers like Restoration Hardware and Ethan Allen which may have added to its spike in popularity.  Linen has been used for drapery for literally thousands of years.  In fact, linen drapes have been found in the tombs of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs.

Linen is relatively inexpensive and widely available in a large variety of weights and weaves.  Linen absorbs color dies very well which results in deep rich color.  When it comes to drapery there are a few features of Linen that are important to consider;

Linen hold some pretty stubborn wrinkles.  Over time, when used as custom drapery, the wrinkles will relax but you may want to use a steamer to expedite the process.  We use great care in folding, packing and shipping our drapery to minimize the wrinkles before our Clients receive them.

For the most part, linen is a natural fabric and is prone to fading over time.  Especially when exposed to direct sunlight.  Be sure to use a very high-quality lining to protect your custom linen drapes from fading prematurely.

At DrapeStyle we offer a wide variety of Linen Drapery to choose from.  If you are concerned about wrinkles you may want to consider our Manhattan Linen Collection which features a blended linen and poly fabric.  The Poly component helps with the colorfastness, reduces fading and reduces wrinkles.  Plus, our Manhattan Linens are a great value.

If you need any assistance in selecting the perfect custom linen drapery for your home, please call one of our Designers who can walk you through all of the options available.


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