Custom Cotton Drapes by DrapeStyle Across the United States

Image of cotton drapery with potted plant

Here at DrapeStyle, we specialize in custom drapery that is designed and made in our Maryland studio specifically for your home. Our team of experts will help pinpoint what your personal style is so we can help create custom window treatments that match you and your home flawlessly. Some of the best products that we make are our Custom Cotton Drapery because they are breathable and functional—and they come in a variety of styles perfect to suit any space.

Selecting a Fabric

We offer a variety of different drapery options, and they each have their own benefits. When you are choosing, it is important to think about the weight and stiffness that you want out of your window treatments because every material is different, and this detail dramatically affects how your curtains hang. The type of fabric will also affect the colors and longevity of your window treatments, so be sure to let our experts know what you want out of your drapes so we can get you exactly what you are looking for. Our team works alongside you during the entire process to make sure you find the perfect curtains for your home.

Patterned cotton drapes framing a doorway

Cotton Drapes

Cotton fabric is a wonderful option for drape material because it is naturally breathable. Because of this, cotton drapes can easily be ironed to eliminate wrinkles. Plus, stains are easily removable as well. The other great part about cotton curtains is how well they hold color, which makes them a great option for those bold-colored curtains you have been looking for. You won’t find curtains anywhere else like this because we specifically custom make each curtain for you and only you. We work with you every step of the way to ensure that your window treatment dreams come to life. Cotton Drapes are a wonderful option for window coverings.

Various Styles

Our Cotton Drapes come in seven different style options:

  • Geometric Custom Drapes – These heavy-weight drapes feature our famous “iron-gate” fabric designs and include bottom weights to create a beautiful draping effect.
  • Traditions Cotton Drapery Collection – This collection is available in a colorful paisley print and can be constructed from 7oz cotton, a cotton rayon blend, or a cotton-linen blend. All three fabrics are wrinkle-resistant and soft to the touch.
  • Chateau Damask Drapes – These 100% polyester curtains are built to last for decades. The heavy-weight fabric creates beautiful folds, and the acrylic material allows for the construction of beautifully patterned weaves.
  • Solid Cotton Collection – This collection features 100% heavy-weight cotton fabric in 14 different colors. If you are looking for stunning white cotton curtains, this is the collection for you.
  • Contemporary Custom Drapery – This collection can also be constructed from 7oz cotton, a cotton rayon blend, or a cotton-linen blend. These curtains are available in a variety of contemporary designs.
  • Hyland Cotton Drapery Collection – The Hyland collection features beautifully embroidered designs on a neutral base fabric. These stunning curtains are 100% handmade to order.
  • DrapeStyle Luxe Custom Drapes – This collection features selected favorite designs from our other fabric collections. These beautifully curated designs include patterns that are exclusive to DrapeStyle.

The reason we offer a variety of options is that not everyone has the same taste and needs. This allows for variations of our cotton drapes so you can end up with exactly what you want. Each type features unique design elements and different fabric blends and color options. There are also a variety of pleat sizes to choose from, so you are in control of every detail. Plus, you get to choose the lining, so the lighting and privacy in your home will be at the level that you feel comfortable with. We also have cold weather linings to help insulate your home, as well as hotel-style blackout linings for complete light elimination.

Contact Us

As you can see, we want to provide you with the exact type of drapes that you are looking for, and our team is here to make sure that happens. Contact Us today to set up a free consultation to get the process going. We proudly serve the entire United States, so be sure to reach out to see how we can help you next. We can’t wait to hear from you!

How Designer Drapes Elevate Your Interiors

Man and woman looking at drapery fabrics
Couple select colorful curtain samples hanging in home decoration store

If you are the type of person who wants a look that brings the whole room together, then custom designer drapes are for you. Here at DrapeStyle, we have the best options available across the US. All of our drapes are made in our Maryland studio from quality materials and high standards, and that design shows in our drapes, curtains, Roman shades, and pillows. We specialize in high-quality custom drapes, and our Designer Drapery is an incredible option for those looking to add some style to their interiors. The magic lies in styling because adding curtains to your home is one of the surest ways to immediately improve your interior design. They add depth and dimension to your space, and we can’t wait to help you style some of our gorgeous window treatments.

Sitting area with custom patterned drapes

Add Personality to Your Interiors

The best part about adding drapery to your home is that it adds personality and style to an interior space. This is particularly true with our Designer Drapes. DrapeStyle manufactures custom drapery using fabrics by the country’s leading designers, and each designer has their own collections and designs. This allows for a wide variety of options when it comes to custom designing your interiors, which is essential, especially if you already have existing decor that you are trying to compliment or match with drapes. Our curtains are designed in-house and are completely customized for each individual client. This type of window decor is ideal for those looking to express their personal style.

Light Control

A huge benefit to choosing our custom designer drapes is the light control that comes with them. They move seamlessly across your window and are ideal for large windows, sliding glass doors, and smaller windows alike. Regardless of the curtain you choose, we guarantee that it will be beautiful and will control the light that enters your home perfectly. We have a love for everyday elegance and feature sophisticated styles that add the benefit of privacy when you need it and the right amount of natural light. After all, this can have a huge impact on your mood, and we understand the importance of your house looking the best it possibly can.

Designer draperies framing window and urn

Additional Benefits

One of the main benefits of choosing our designer drapes is the benefit of having a window treatment that will last a lifetime. These fabrics are high-quality and the curtains are made to last, so you can feel confident that they will stand the test of time. These treatments are especially unique because the fabrics can be made into accessories like pillows, allowing you to create a complementary interior design that you have dreamed of. Whether you want to add a contrasting or complementary accent to your home, we have what you are looking for.

Contact Us

We can’t wait to help you get started with your window treatment project. We have a gorgeous selection of drapes, shades, and more available, and we are looking forward to helping you find the perfect fit for your home. Contact Us today to set up a free consultation with one of our professionals who will help you every step of the way. We proudly provide services across the United States and Canada.

Learn About Custom Linen Drapes by DrapeStyle

Custom Linen Drapes Drapery Window Treatments Window Coverings Large Curtains Across the United States

Welcome to DrapeStyle! We create custom window treatments that last a lifetime from our factory based in the United States. One of our specialties is our custom linen drapes. These window treatments are beautifully made to order, and we are confident that you will be satisfied by the drapes that you receive from us. If you have large, expansive doors or windows that you would like to elegantly cover, then this is the solution for you. Whether you are looking for something classic or contemporary, we have something for everybody. You won’t find drapes like this anywhere else because we custom make every order to fit flawlessly in your home.

Linen Drapes

Linen drapes are some of the most beautiful window treatments on the market because they work in any climate, on any window, in any home. Regardless of where you are in the United States, we can provide you with custom linen drapes that you will fall in love with. Our collection is beloved for a reason: Linen is a natural material that is lightweight, textured, and drapes beautifully in your windows. They give a room a light, breezy, elegant feel that we all love. Plus, these treatments handle humidity and heat excellently so you don’t have to worry about your space being overwhelmed by your fabric choice. The material is durable and mildew-resistant, making it the perfect option for your window treatments. Another benefit to linen drapes is that they are antibacterial and dust resistant. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Designers

Designer Linen Drapes

Drape Style has more linen drapery options online than anyone else on the market. We feature twelve exclusive designers in our fabrics, and we offer up to 20 different ones in our Manhattan Linen Blends. The special part about our drapes is that they are made to order based on your exact specifications, so if you have what you want in mind, that is perfect—we can make it come to life. Simply give us a call and we can walk you through what the next steps will be when it comes to decorating your windows.

Styles

Hotel Style Linen Drapes

We offer a wide variety of linen drape styles to choose from. With ten different options for your curtains, we are sure you will find one that suits you best. Each type features a unique design element that sets it apart from all the other options. Be sure to check out our website for pictures of these different types of window coverings. We have classic patterned linens, solid drapes, extra light options, exclusive Belgian Linen, blends, and more! The possibilities are truly endless with these drapes, and we look forward to teaching you more about your options so you can find the perfect fit for your home.

Contact Us

DrapeStyle is the premier supplier of window treatments across the United States. Our window treatment options are fully customized, and we can’t wait to start creating yours. Contact Us today to set up a free consultation with one of our experts. We carry all of the pieces that you would possibly need to get the final look that you desire, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

Custom Silk Drapes by DrapeStyle Across the United States

The right drape can transform a room’s appearance, bringing added elegance and sophistication to a space. If you’re looking for an extra touch of style for your home, ordering custom silk drapes online is a great option. DrapeStyle allows you to bring the curtains you love into any room, without having to worry about the hassle of shopping for new ones. Here you can find silk drapes in a wide range of styles, from traditional to modern, and they come in a variety of fabrics and colors so you can find the ones that complement your home’s design the best. We pride ourselves on providing the best drapes in the US, and we can’t wait for you to see for yourself just how amazing they are. We have professionals ready to help you design the most beautiful silk drapes you have ever seen.

Why Drapes

Drapes are some of the best window treatments you can choose for many reasons. One of the main reasons for choosing drapes as your next window covering is because of how versatile they are. These treatments do more than just control the lighting in your home. They also create depth and dimension in your rooms. Our drapes add a sense of drama and style that only curtains can. They are elegant and charming, and our customers love them. Our Custom Silk Drapes get incredible reviews because of how much style and personality they bring to interiors.

Customization

Custom Silk Drapes

With our Custom Silk Drapes, the customization options are limitless. We offer drapery in whatever size you need, from the smallest accent window to the largest feature window. You can even upgrade your shades to have a blackout lining, which will allow you to get completely dark rooms for those times when you need it most. We offer 9 different pleat styles, so we are sure to have something that you love. All of our window treatments are Made-to-Order, so you don’t have to compromise for anything you don’t absolutely love. They are 100% handmade in the USA in our factory, staffed by experienced professional tailors.

Beautiful Fabric

Custom Silk Drapery Fabrics

These Custom Silk Drapes are eye-catching because you get to choose from over 40 Exclusive Designer Silk Fabrics. We offer the best-of-the-best when it comes to window treatments. Our fabrics are beautiful and high-quality, so you know that you are investing in a durable and long-lasting product when you choose DrapeStyle. We have a wide variety of fabric samples you can glance at on our website, so check it out and give us a call if you have any questions.

Contact Us

We are so excited to start working with you on designing your own Custom Silk Drapes. We know you are going to love the final product. Contact Us today for a free consultation to see how we can bring your window treatment dreams to life. We proudly serve the entire United States, so get in touch today.

Tiger Crazy

Tiger King. Tiger Fabric. Thought we all could use a laugh right now.

There are dozens of tiger fabrics available, anything from tiger print to playful juvenile prints:

Spoonflower Fabric
Robert Allen Fabric
Kravet Fabric

You could decorate your home and car…

DHGate.com Blanket
Amazon Blanket
Amazon Car Decal

And for personal use…

Amazon Leggings
Tiger’s Best Perfume

DrapeStyle is still manufacturing custom drapes, Roman shades and pillows right here in Phoenix, Arizona. Even in tiger printed fabric. Please contact us for more information or any questions you may have.

Design Icon of the Year 2020

A signature event for Las Vegas market, the Design Icon Award honors an interior designer or architect who has made significant contributions to the industry throughout their career. The award highlights the achievements of exemplary design and architectural professionals and offers Las Vegas Market attendees an opportunity to connect with and learn firsthand from living legends.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard, multi award-winning interior designer recognized internationally for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated and inviting interior designs and licensed collections, was honored as the 2020 Design Icon during Winter Market.

Bullard shared his experiences working with an impressive array of high-profile clients, as well as impart his design wisdom and philosophies and discuss how he has built his brand, giving us a glimpse into why he is one of the most honored individuals in the design industry.

Bullard, a Los Angeles-based interior designer, has been named as one of the world’s top 100 interior designers by Architectural Digest, featured in Elle Decor’s “A-List,” and named one of the top 25 designers by The Hollywood Reporter. He has starred in Bravo’s “Million Dollar Decorators” and is regularly featured in publications such as Bazaar, Departures, Harper’s, House & Garden, House Beautiful, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, W and The Wall Street Journal.

DrapeStyle is proud to have Martyn Lawrence Bullard as one of our featured and most loved designers. DrapeStyle features an array of his fabrics that can be custom made into draperies, pillows and Roman shades to your specifications.

Should I Choose Grommets?

Grommet drapery panels have been a popular choice for draperies for years because they offer a modern, sleek look. Grommets come in a variety of sizes and colors so they are easily worked into any decor. Grommets allow the fabric to fall into folds creating a beautiful look from the top of the drape to the bottom of the drape.

Before selecting grommets as your pleat style, ask yourself a few questions:

Will your drapery be “functional”?  By functional, we mean, will you be opening and closing the curtains often.  If you plan on have functional curtains you will need to be sure that you are selecting a fabric that is sturdy enough to handle the constant tugging and pulling as they are opened and closed.

You can help your functional drapery last longer by buying a baton that will attach to the leading drapery ring.  The baton will allow you to open and close the curtains without touching the fabric with your hands.  Using batons can add years of life to your drapery and keep the oils from your hands off the fabric. Side note: DrapeStyle can order drapery batons up to 72″ in length. There is a product called “Grom-a-Link”. Grom-a-Link is a patented Grommet System that will allow you to attach a baton to the leading grommet on your drapery panel. There really is no other way to attach a baton to a grommet drapery panel without tearing the fabric. You can choose to have the Grom-a-Link attached to the outside or the inside of the first grommet on the leading edge of the drape.

We also suggest using a custom made drapery rod. This will allow you to have a continuous drapery rod in one piece. Having the drapery rod in one piece means there won’t be a lip, or a step, or a bump as there is with an adjustable drapery rod. This will make sliding the drapes open and closed much easier.

Will your drapery be “decorative”? If you are not planning on opening and closing the draperies very often, or maybe not even ever, you can omit the baton and leave them dressed down by your installer. For stationary or decorative panels you have many more fabric options to choose from. You can select the most delicate sheer or linen and not be concerned with wear and tear.

Aside from the advantage of the clean, contemporary look of grommets, you won’t have to purchase drapery rings. The grommets take the place of the drapery rings, which can really add to the cost of your drapery hardware since you will more than likely need about a dozen or so for each drape.

If you are hoping to have blackout drapery, make sure you order the drapes wide enough to completely cover the drapery rod and overlap in the center. You will also want to hang the drapes high enough so that the drapes and grommets, are above the molding to ensure the blackout effect. If you want to create the look of a “wave”, or more fullness, order each drape twice the width of the window.

Any of DrapeStyle’s drapes have the option for metal grommets as the style of header. Available in a variety of colors, you’re sure to find the right match for your home. Need a little advice? Contact us because we’re here to help you create your dream drapes.

Happy Festivus!

On December 23rd you may choose to celebrate Festivus. I thought it would be fun to learn more about this made up holiday, enjoy.

Festivus is a secular holiday, normally celebrated on December 23rd. It is mainly meant as an alternative to the pressures and commercialization of the Christmas season. However, it has also become a day to celebrate the ever-lasting comedy of the 1990s television show Seinfeld.

Festivus was a holiday featured in the Season 9 Seinfeld episode “The Strike”, which first aired on December 18, 1997. Since then, many people have been inspired by this zany, offbeat Seinfeld holiday and now celebrate Festivus as any other holiday.

According to the Seinfeld model, Festivus is celebrated on December 23rd. However many people celebrate it other times in December and even at other times throughout the year.

The usual holiday tradition of a tree is manifested in an unadorned aluminum pole, which is in direct contrast to normal holiday materialism. Those attending Festivus may also participate in the “Airing of Grievances” which is an opportunity to tell others how they have disappointed you in the past year, followed by a Festivus dinner, and then completed by the “Feats of Strength” where the head of the household must be pinned. All of these traditions are based upon the events in the Seinfeld episode, Strangely enough, our Festivus traditions also have roots that pre-date Seinfeld, as it began in the household of Dan O’Keefe, a television writer who is credited for writing the Seinfeld episode.

The traditional greeting of Festivus is “Happy Festivus.” The slogan of Festivus is “A Festivus for the rest of us!

National Button Day

November 16th is National Button Day! Here are some fun facts about buttons. Reposted from:https://nationaltoday.com/national-button-day/

Once simply ornamental in nature, the button as a means to fasten clothes has been around since 13th century Germany. Since then, a wide variety of materials like wood, clay, shells, and plastic have been used to make buttons in every size, shape, and color. A button jar can morph into a great craft project, extra game tokens, or fashion embellishment. Sure, we have zippers and Velcro now, but buttons are just more fun, interesting, and whimsical. Buttons can even be works of art, so take time to appreciate those useful, pretty little things on National Button Day.

National Button Day – History

Buttoned up button

​2014-A button that was once part of a Texas confederate navy uniform circa the Civil War sold for over $2,000.​

​Muscatine, Iowa became pearl button capital of the world

​1900-Noting the abundance of pearl mussels in nearby waters, a German immigrant opened a button-making factory in small town Iowa, which soon grew to be the largest manufacturer of pearl buttons in the world.

Button-down collars invented

1896-​Polo players were the first to button down their collars to stop them from getting in the way during a match; Brooks Brothers copied the look and created a lasting trend in 1896.​

​The church denounced buttons

​1300-Europe was so button crazy, the church started calling them the “devil’s snare.” This was probably because most women’s clothing of the time buttoned up the front.​

Button Makers Guild established

​1250-The French established the first collective that designed artisan buttons, making buttons a status symbol.

National Button Day Activities

  1. Upcycle with buttons-Have a shirt you don’t wear anymore? Change out the buttons and make it new again. Sew on some shiny metal buttons to give it an on-trend military look, or sew on kitschy novelty buttons to reflect your favorite hobby, animal, or even food. Be unique, original, and eco-friendly all at the same time.
  2. Go on a treasure hunt-Hit a thrift shop, rummage, or garage sale. Be on the lookout for old clothing with unique buttons. Collectors love finding ones depicting mini works of art, that were worn by famous people, or reflect a certain era. Research to see if any of your finds are worth more than what you paid.
  3. Start a button jar-Snip buttons from unused pieces of clothing, claim ones you find lying loose, buy novelty ones when it strikes your fancy, or pick ones up on the cheap when thrifting. Then, the next time you need a button, you’ll have a big variety of sizes, shapes and colors from which to choose.

​3 Facts To Really Push Your Buttons

  1. What side you button up on is gender-based​-Women’s clothing traditionally buttons on the right (reportedly because it was easier for maids to dress the ladies they served that way) and men’s on the left (they dressed themselves).
  2. Boutonnière means buttonhole in French​-Boutonnieres go through a little slit in the lapel of men’s jackets that looks the same as a buttonhole, so we repurposed the French word for buttonhole to describe the flower in English.
  3. ​Buttons on uniform sleeves were put there to stop soldiers from wiping their noses​-Widely repeated but never satisfactorily confirmed, it is said that Napoleon ordered brass buttons be placed on the sleeves of all military uniforms so soldiers would be discouraged from wiping their noses on them.

How to Train Your Drapes

Did you know there is a training period when you purchase drapes? At DrapeStyle we make every effort to pack your drapes the same day they will be shipped out to minimize the time your custom draperies are in the shipping box. But once you receive them, here are a few tips when hanging your draperies.

If you can’t hang your draperies right away, we recommend taking them out of the box. Your drapes will be wrapped in clear plastic, will most likely be long and will be folded in order to fit them in a shipping box. We recommend that you take them out of the box and lay them flat on a large table or drape them over a chair to minimize the wrinkles.

Once you take your drapes out of the plastic bags, you will notice that the drapes have been fan folded. Not all companies do this, but by taking this extra step, the pleats are preserved. Your draperies will also have paper cuffs on them. You are welcome to keep these cuffs on them for a few days while the wrinkles work their way out.

Your draperies were also made with weights. Weighted bottoms will allow your draperies to hang beautifully. This is another additional step not all retailers take, but at DrapeStyle, weights are standard on all indoor and outdoor draperies.

If after you have allowed your draperies to hang for a couple of weeks and you still have stubborn wrinkles, you may iron your draperies on a low setting.

And if you can’t remember these tips once you receive your drapes, not to worry. A care card is included with every order to insure your draperies will look as good as they do in our catalog.

Get to Know Vern Yip

Earlier this year, Marketplace Events interviewed one of our favorite designers, Vern Yip. Here is a reply of the interview:

Iconic reality television star, architect, interior designer and author are just a few of the occupations Vern Yip has acquired through the years. Now, he’s taking over the Living IN KC Stage by IN Kansas City Magazine to show Kansas residents a trick or two about designing beautiful, functional and comfortable homes. If you want to know more about his time on TLC’s Trading Spaces or HGTV Design Star this is the perfect opportunity to see the legendary interior designer.

Q. What’s one thing we wouldn’t guess about you? 

A. I am a huge tennis fan. I love watching the sport, playing the sport…really anything that involves the sport piques my interest. I once spent the year going to all the grand slam events around the world – it was remarkable!

Oh, and I also have a big passion for fine art photography. I know everything that is happening in that world! 

Q. What’s are two common mistakes homeowners make when they take on a home improvement project themselves? 
A. First of all, homeowners often don’t take the time to plan out their project. From measuring their space to calculating their budget, I find that many homeowners tackle a project before they have done their research and due diligence. I understand and respect that it’s more fun to be impulsive or take advantage of a big sale, but if you don’t plan correctly, that sale really isn’t worth it. More times than not, I find that homeowners end up asking themselves if they really saved any money in the long run when the project wasn’t prepped accordingly.

Secondly, I often see homeowners tackling installation projects that require a great deal of knowledge and expertise. My advice to my clients is to have a realistic understanding of their skills and tools before setting out to fix a problem. The last thing you want to do is put yourself further behind on a project by making the issue worse.

Q. What’s a must-have at any party you’re throwing?
A. I love filling a giant tub of ice with wine, beer, champagne, etc. and letting those drinks chill throughout the party. This is an easy way for your guests to serve themselves and the presentation is decorative yet sophisticated.

On that note, it is so important to have multiple party elements that allow your guests to relax and have fun while also making your life easier. When the host is scrambling and not having a good time, everyone can sense it and the vibe of the party could possibly be tainted. So, when hosting your next party, make sure to include elements that allow you to be both prepared and relaxed.

Q. What’s one thing you wish every homeowner knew?
A. It’s ok to be yourself! So many people feel that they need to live up to someone else’s standards or that their home needs to reflect the latest trends in the market. That is simply not the case. In my opinion, the best designed homes reflect the homeowner’s nuances, quirks, passions and differences.

In order to make your space unique to your personality, budget and family dynamic, you must allow yourself the complete freedom to feel secure about the space in which you are living. 

Q. What are your best small space living hacks?

A. My answer is two-fold:

1. From an aesthetic standpoint, buy the largest mirror you can possibly fit on the wall opposite your window wall. It makes a singular statement with double the view. The mirror adds space, makes the room feel bigger and takes all that natural light and bounces it back into the room.

2. From a functional perspective, find furniture that is multi-purpose. Open book shelves and end tables with long legs do not suit small spaces. Instead, look for drawers and doors. Small spaces can’t handle visual clutter, so it’s best to find furniture with tasteful, built-in storage.

What Does Custom Mean?

Dupioni Striped Silk in Veranda 9, Matte Nickel Grommets

What does it really mean to have something custom made? At DrapeStyle, everything we do is custom made to your specifications. Read on for more information.

Any length or width-really! We’ve made some of the largest drapes you’ve ever seen!

Custom means hand sewn. A real human being hand sews your drapes and Roman shades to order. No puckering, no bunching, no gaps.


The Fairmont Drape in Seashell with Pebble banding, Cartridge Pleat

Custom means that we can hide the seams. If you need a wide drape, we may have to sew a couple of pieces of fabrics together. But no worries, we will hide the seams within the pleats so you don’t even know they’re there!

No over looking mistakes. We give the drapes a once over before they are shipped out to make sure your drapes are just as you ordered them.

Schumacher fabric in Ambala Oyster

At DrapeStyle we have been making drapery by hand, right here in the USA since 2002. Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready made”. All of our products are made from only the highest quality materials, and made by a team of talented seamstresses who an average, have 25 years of experience.

Schumacher fabric in Amboise Linen Zinc

Need a little design advice? Not sure what size to order? Contact us and we would be happy to help! Because we are a small family owned business, you will talk to a real person when you call that can help you with the ordering process. We feel that the DrapeStyle way of making custom window treatments takes a little more time, cost a little more money but we think it’s worth it.

What is Handwoven Matka Silk?

Handwoven Silk in Barley

In India, Matka means “rough handloom silk fabric.” Matka comes from thick yarn spun from the silk worm and results in some irregularities in the fabric. Matka silk resembles the tweed fabric in texture. In spite of the irregularities of the Maka Silk texture, it is considered unique. The thickness of Matka Silk can vary as per the amount of yarn used. This results in a controlled thickness of the fabric which contributes to its varied uses in different industries of clothing, home furnishing, and textiles.

Handwoven Silk in Natural

Making silk is a delicate process and takes a number of steps. The first step is sericulture, which is the silk worm cultivation. Maintained in a controlled environment, the worms eventually form a cocoon. Farmers gather the cocoons and transport them to the factory for filature process, which is unwinding the strand from the cocoon to make a thread of raw silk. This raw silk is combined with approximately 10 other threads and wound onto a reel. The reels are sent to the mill, where the silk fabric is woven.

Handwoven Silk in Barley

Matka Silk takes dye beautifully and is very versatile. It may be used for dresses, sarees, suits, draperies, pillows and more.

DrapeStyle’s Handwoven Matka Silk is woven in India. We offer 18 different shades of Handwoven Silk and invite you to view this luxurious fabric for yourself. If you have any questions about Handwoven Silk or any of our fabrics, please contact us.

Where Should I Hang My Curtains?

Curtains complete a room. They add warm, texture and color to any space. Here’s a few comments about this common question that we get often: Where Should I hang My Curtains? High and wide is usually the key. It gives the illusion that your room and window are larger than they are. The trend now is to hang your curtains about two inches from the ceiling. If you have very tall ceilings you may want to hang your curtains right at the ceiling or even consider purchasing a ceiling mounted traverse track.

If you are wanting the curtains to block out light, be sure that the curtain rod is high enough and wide enough to cover the window and then some. You don’t want the sunlight peaking through. Extend the curtain rod at least 4-6 inches past the window. Again, you will want to make sure that the entire window is covered, especially if you are wanting to block out the light. You may need to extend the curtain rod even further if you don’t wan t your curtains to block your view.

A few questions to ask yourself before you buy; Are they going to be decorative or functional-how wide do I really need my curtains? For decorative curtains, figure the curtain width to be 1/3 of the window width is a good rule of thumb. Will I draw these closed with my hands or should I purchase batons-oils from your hands can damage and dirty curtains fabric over time, consider purchasing batons to draw the curtains open and closed. How large is my curtain hardware-take into consideration the diameter of your curtain rod, this will affect the length of the curtains. Unless you are purchasing cafe curtains, the drape to reach the floor. If you want a more luxurious, formal look, and a few inches to a foot so that the curtains will puddle on the floor.

Most importantly, make sure your curtains are long enough, which might mean getting them custom made. Curtains are the finishing touch in any room and if they don’t look good it’s like wearing jewelry that doesn’t match your outfit. With so many different sized windows, many people are turning to custom made window treatments and they’re more affordable than you think. DrapeStyle can make any width or length curtain in any fabric you choose. We have been in business for over 15 years so we know a thing or two about custom made curtains. Everything is made here in the USA and shipped directly to you. For more information contact us.

Dress Your Drapes

Sarah Richardson Fabric

When ordering custom made drapes there’s a few things that you should expect; premium fabrics and linings, weighted bottoms, returns and overlaps, and packaged carefully so all you have to do is remove the plastic wrap and hang them when your custom drapes are delivered.

DrapeStyle hits all of these points and you can expect your drapes to look great and ready to hang once they arrive at your door. Once your custom drapes are completed, they are fan folded. This means that two (or more!) people have worked together to carefully fold the drapes so that the creases line up with the pleats.

Then, paper cuffs are wrapped around the drape in a few places to help hold the folds.

The drapes are placed in long plastic bags and sealed to protect the fabric while in transit. They are then placed on long tables until shipping day. The drapes are then carefully placed in a box, and packaged tightly to limit the amount of movement while in transit. As soon as the order is shipped, the customer is emailed a note to let them know their order is on the way and tracking information is provided.

When your drapes arrive you will be able to hang them right away. We install silver metal drapery pins to the back of the header and they easily slide into carriers on a traverse track or onto drapery rings. If you can’t hang your drapes right way, we suggest laying them flat on a table or draping them over a chair to minimize wrinkling. A care card is included in your order should you need to touch up the drapes and work out some of the wrinkles. But most of our customers find that after the drapes hang for a week or so, the wrinkles will work their way out.

If you have any questions about custom drapes, please contact us. DrapeStyle has been in business for 17 years and we know draperies. Made right here in Phoenix, Arizona with the highest quality fabrics, linings and threads, we’re sure you’ll be pleased with your purchase.

Drapery Seams Happen

Designer Drape in Schumacher Amboise Linen Zinc, pattern matched
Designer Drape in Schumacher Amboise Linen Zinc, pattern matched

 

 

 

 

Seams happen.

But that’s ok, we can deal with seams beautifully and make it so you don’t even know they’re there and still create beautiful custom drapes.

 

 

Most of our fabrics start out at 54″. Then once you start sewing the pleats and side hems, the solid colored fabric will measure 26″ wide at the top of the drape when completed. This is 1 “width” of fabric. This is fine if your custom drapes are going to be decorative, meaning that they will be stationary and you don’t plan on opening and closing them. But what if you have a wide window or your need to  close your drapes? Then we start to sew together “widths” of fabric to meet your specifications.  If you need a drape that is 80″ wide, you would order a 3 width drape. And our seamstresses are so talented, that they will hide the seams in the back of the pleats so that you don’t see them. This goes for patterns and striped fabrics too. Check out our measuring guide for more information.

How to cut fabric when matching a pattern
How to cut fabric when matching a pattern

Seams for Roman shades will be a little more obvious, but we have a solution for that too. We order enough fabric so that we can match up the pattern on all of your Roman shades. Does everyone do that? Not really, which is why you should do your homework before purchasing custom window treatments.

Contemporary Cotton Gate Black/White, Flat Roman Shade
Contemporary Cotton Gate Black/White, Flat Roman Shade

Flat Roman SHade, Stripes are pattern matched
Flat Roman Shade, stripes are pattern matched

 

Seams can’t really be avoided but they can look good. Your custom made drapes should have details like bottom weights, drapery pins, double bottom hems and headers and premium linings.

Striped Silk Veranda 3, French pleat, Stainless Steel Hardware
Striped Silk Veranda 3, French Pleat, Stainless Steel Hardware

The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapery takes a little more time and costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it. All of our products are made from the highest quality materials right here in the USA. For more information or questions, please contact us.

Striped Silk Veranda 3, Inverted Pleat, Classic Iron Hardware

What is Drapery Stack Back?

Dupioni Silk Drapes
Dupioni Silk Drapes in French Blue

Stack Back is a term most designers know and use when I am helping them with a window project. But it is important for our retail customers to know about this term as well.

Stack Back is essentially the amount of space that a drape will take up when it is pushed opened. To make it easy, we usually calculate Stack Back as 25% of the width of the drape for French, Flat Panels and Parisian pleated drapes. For Inverted and Cartridge pleated drapes, figure 28%.

Solid Linen Drapes in Leather, French Pleat

This can be important if you are limited on wall space on the sides of your window or if you would like your drapes to completely “stack off the glass”. Meaning, that if you do not want to obstruct your view when your drapes are drawn open, you want the drapes to stack off the glass. This may also be important if your drapes are covering a door that you will need to open and close. You will want to make sure the drapes completely stack off the glass.

Stack Back will also help you determine how long your drapery rod should be. If you would like your drapes to stack off the glass, you will want to make sure that the drapery rod is long enough to accomodate the drape’s Stack Back. Stack Back can also give your windows the illusion that they are taller and wider than they really are, which makes your room look larger.

Custom Linen Drapes with Banding
Custom Linen Drapes with Banding

Remember to think about the whole design. And if you have questions, we’re here to help, just contact us and we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project.

How to Add Farmhouse Charm to Your Home

Charm and character. Achieving the farmhouse look is combining old and new. And everything shouldn’t match. Here are a few ideas on how to add a little Farmhouse Charm to your home.

Reclaimed Wood

There are probably many places near you that sell reclaimed wood. Even Home Depot sells it, it is now so popular. Reclaimed wood can be used to accent a wall, a ceiling, a backsplash, use them as shelving, or trim out something entirely. With its rustic look, reclaimed wood adds a rustic feel to modern homes. And because you’ve decreased the demand for newly sourced lumber, you’ll be helping with deforestation!

 

Wicker Furniture

Wicker furniture is an indispensable part of rustic, cottage and farmhouse interiors, not only for outdoor spaces. Go for some cool pieces for your kitchen and dining area. These can be wicker stools for the breakfast space and comfy chairs for the dining space. You can paint the furniture with grey or creamy paint to fit a neutral interior, and even neutral wicker furniture will add a texture to the space. There’s much modern wicker furniture of eye-catchy shapes, for example, armchairs, side tables and benches, they will look cool and cozy yet very chic and modern.

Shutters

Shutters can be used for various decor and functional DIYs in your home, they are great to add a vintage feel while keeping the interior farmhouse-like. Shutters can be attached to the wall and become cool farmhouse-inspired decorations or even a headboard for your bed – sand them a bit to give them a worn look. Shutters can be also turned into benches, chairs, shelving units, even a kitchen island. Paint them pastels or cream, add shelves or a countertop. This is a creative way to add a farmhouse feel to the space while making it eye-catchy and interesting.

 

Shiplap

There are many ways to decorate with shiplap. Whole rooms, accent walls, fireplaces, ceilings, cabinets and powder rooms (as an alternative to wainscoting or bead board), even kitchen backsplashes. You may choose to leave it in its natural warm tone or paint it. Either way it will add interest and character to any room.

 

 

 

White Everything

White walls, countertops, dishes and more. White makes everything look fresh and it’s easy to add a little color as the seasons change.

Draperies

Like jewelry to an outfit, draperies are to a room. The finishing touch for any room is adding decorative or function draperies. Choose a natural fabric such as linen, in a neutral color. Unstructured and relaxed, these drapes will finish off your charming farmhouse home. Visit DrapeStyle for more ideas on Farmhouse Charm. Linen and linen looking fabrics are available in a variety of colors.

If you are interested in adding a bit of Farmhouse Charm to your home, contact us. We can provide you with fabric samples for draperies that will finish of your room. Your first ten dollars in samples are free. View the samples here and pick your favorites.

How Connecticut’s Homegrown Silk Industry Unraveled

Here is an interesting story I found on Atlas Obscura: https://goo.gl/VjBSPE

The problems began with a new variety of mulberry and ended with lumpy thread.

Rolls of dressed fiber, South Manchester, Connecticut, 1914.

Rolls of dressed fiber, South Manchester, Connecticut, 1914. NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY/ PUBLIC DOMAIN

In October 1789, during a trip to Connecticut, U.S. President George Washington described some “exceeding good” silk lustring and “very fine” silk thread that were part of a growing domestic industry. In fact, by the time Washington wrote those words in his journal, the area that became the state of Connecticut in 1788 had been practicing raw silk production, known as sericulture, for over half a century—and silk was on the rise.

By 1826, three out of every four households in Mansfield, Connecticut, were raising silkworms, and by 1826, Congress commissioned a report on the potential for a U.S. silk industry. By 1840, Connecticut outpaced other states in raw silk production by a factor of three. Within the next two decades, however, the industry would collapse, leaving the country to wonder what went wrong.

The Cheney Brothers silk mill in South Manchester, Connecticut.
The Cheney Brothers silk mill in South Manchester, Connecticut.

The unlikely development of Connecticut’s silk industry came about thanks Ezra Stiles, the seventh president of Yale University. Stiles was a sericulture enthusiast who experimented with cultivating mulberry trees, silkworms’ primary food source, and even wore gowns made from Connecticut silk to ceremonies. He also sent mulberry seeds and silkworm eggs across the state, and advocated for state-sponsored bounties to encourage farmers to plant mulberry trees.

One of the biggest triumphs for the early industry was figuring out how to adapt sericulture to cold weather. Such tactics included keeping silkworms warm by raising them in attics, and figuring out how to feed them in cold weather. Michael Cook, a modern sericulturist, describes the intense care and feeding schedule silkworms require.

Ezra Stiles, 1770.
Ezra Stiles, 1770. METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART/ PUBLIC DOMAIN

“Rise early, feed the worms before work; feed them again at lunch, feed them again in the evening and clean a dozen or so big trays, feed them again before bed. I was feeding a garbage bag full of [mulberry] leaves and small branches daily. Cocooning was a nightmare,” says Cook. In Connecticut with deciduous mulberry trees, that intensive feeding schedule was a problem in years with early frost. One innovation to extend the feeding season was to dry mulberry leaves, then mix them with water and flour to feed to silkworms.

Inspired by Connecticut’s raw silk production, local entrepreneurs invested in machinery to manufacture silk thread and fabric from reeled silk filaments. In 1810, the Hanks brothers opened the United States’ first silk-mill in Mansfield, Connecticut, and in 1838, the Cheney brothers opened a mill which would eventually expand to 38,000 spindles, and become the largest silk manufacturer in the U.S. The future looked bright for silk.

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The problems began with a new variety of mulberry and ended with lumpy thread. Beginning with Stiles, Connecticut sericulturists had always used an Italian variety of white mulberry, Morus alba, to feed their silkworms. However, in the 1830s, as the industry pushed to expand quickly, farmers and investors latched onto a Chinese variety, Morus multicaulis, a subspecies of black mulberry which produced larger leaves and more of them per tree (today M. multicaulis refers to a different plant, a subspecies of M. alba)It could also be harvested more often. The price of M. multicaulis skyrocketed as speculators sought to profit from selling cuttings from these fast-growing trees.

Samuel Whitmarsh, a “charismatic and unreliable businessman” who owned a silkworm cocoonery in Massachusetts, stoked the M. multicaulis craze with pamphletstrumpeting the benefits of this new type of tree, and letters to various silk trade publications. Daniel Stebbins, Whitmarsh’s business associate during the craze, later recounted the story of one tree that a speculator bought in Massachusetts for $25 and sold in Connecticut to a farmer named Elder Sharp for $50. Sharp then declined an offer for $450 for a quarter share of the tree; within a year the tree was worthless. The bubble had popped.

Silkworm cocoons.
Silkworm cocoons. AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION (UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY) NEGATIVES

In the bubble’s aftermath in the early 1840’s, companies along the East Coast went bankrupt, as did Whitmarsh, and angry farmers tore out their orchards. Joshua Grant, a silk producer in Baltimore, called the collapse a “dire disaster that has overspread the land like a funeral pall.” Then a series of harsh winters, followed by a blight in 1843-44, killed many of the remaining mulberry trees.

Despite everything, in 1847, Stebbins remained hopeful about the “sequel of the silk industry.” But the region’s sericulture had one insurmountable flaw that prevented this revival: Stiles’ gowns aside, Connecticut’s silk was not industrial grade, so silk-mills could not use it to manufacture fabric. According to cultural anthropologist Dr. Janice Stockard, who has interviewed silk reelers in South China, reeling—the practice of unwinding the filaments of silk from their cocoons—requires observation, training, and practice. In 19th-century Connecticut households, women were expected to learn the skill from pamphlets.

“In pamphlets, the term ‘spinning’ described the critical technique of reeling silk from cocoons,” Stockard says. “Women in farming households improvised, based on their experience spinning wool and using technology found in the home, including the wool wheel.”

Fully grown striped silk worms.
Fully grown striped silk worms. AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION (UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY) NEGATIVES

The product they ended up with was adequate for sewing thread, but not strong enough for the industrial-silk-manufacturing infrastructure that Connecticut had begun to build. According to one scathing assessment, “Connecticut women in 70 years have not improved their knowledge of reeling.” Another issue, Stockard says, was the expectation that women could reel silk “whenever leisure from other duties permitted.” In other words, women were supposed to wedge a high-skill, time-intensive task into their already full workloads, and the result was sub-par silk.

“Simultaneously unwinding several cocoons from a basin of near-boiling water while twisting these filaments into one even thread and reeling it onto a wheel was hard,” Stockard says. “If reeling was interrupted to tend to a child or chore, the silk would gum up and lump.” Faced with this weak, lumpy thread, Connecticut manufacturers began to import raw silk from China, Japan, and Italy.

By 1881, sericulture in Connecticut had been entirely abandoned. The now much older Elder Sharp, who had valued his mulberry tree so highly, said, “Our silk was good, bright and strong, needing only patience to better understand the reeling… let us do what we can at this late day to repair our error.” Instead, silk-mills continued to import from Asia and continued to manufacture silk fabric through the mid-20th century. Today, the legacy of Connecticut’s silk industry can be seen in the white mulberry trees which have spread everywhere and are now considered an invasive species.

DrapeStyle has been manufacturing custom draperies, pillows and Roman shades for over 15 years. If you have questions or need a little advice, we’re here to help. Contact us for more information or pricing on your custom window treatments.

Decorating with Toile

What is Toile?

Toile, pronounced “twal”, is a fabric, from the French word meaning “linen cloth” or “canvas”, particularly cloth or canvas for painting on. It can refer to the fabric itself, a test garment (generally) sewn from the same material, or a type of repeated surface decoration (traditionally) printed on the same fabric. The term entered the English language around the 12th century.

It’s covering everything from beds to walls in a variety of decor styles, including French country, eclectic and even modern. Here is a little information about toile:

  • The name is from a French term meaning “linen cloth” or “canvas”
  • Toile is used as an abbreviation of the term toile de Jouy (twäl-də-ˈzhwē), a term that translates to “cloth of Jouy”
  • Toile de Jouy is named after Jouy-en-Josas, France where, in 1760, the factory Oberkampf was founded. Up until that time in France, printing on cotton was done with wooden blocks. Oberkampf was the first company to bring copperplate printing, popular in England and Ireland, to France. The finer lines on the copperplates allowed for greater variation in light and shade. It also allowed for larger repeat patterns; thus enabling artists to be much more creative with the designs. The pastoral scenes depicted on toile de Jouy told a story and included many major events of the time. The scenes were done in a single color on a white or off-white background.
  • Today toile has come to refer to any type of similar printed fabric.

 

 

DrapeStyle has been making drapes right here in the USA for over a decade. Our seamstresses make each drapery panel to order with quality details you won’t find everywhere. Details like double side-hems, hand-sewn corners, bottom weights and 5 inch buckram headings. At DrapeStyle, we don’t cut-corners. We use the highest quality fabrics, linings and components possible. Maybe that’s why when House and Garden reviewed online drapery retailers they called our draperies “Beautifully Made to Order”.

 

Please contact us for more information or for a custom quote. Let us help you design your dream drapes, you will be pleased.