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.