Austrian Sheer Curtain Panel | The curtain panel could be the fundamental part of a drapery system. Hung from a rod mounted higher than the window, panels are usually floor-length, but could also end in the window sash. The variations within the type of fabric, the way in which in which the cloth is attached to the rod, the level of fold and cascade give rise to the aesthetic and functional form of the draperies.
Window curtains originally served a functional purpose-to moderate heat and lightweight. In eighteenth-century Europe, draperies started to accept an attractive as well as functional character. By the end in the century, elaborate designs involving multiple layers of draperies, ornate valances and cornices and a profusion of trimmings were utilised not merely at windows, but also around beds.
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Today, such elaboration is usually impractical, but both decorative and functional usage combines within the form of most shades. Draperies constitute an integral part in the interior design scheme for a room. The fabric and designs give rise to the ambience in the decor-formal, period, romantic, youthful or vintage, for example. The range of fabrics is extensive, including cottons, linen, velvet, man-made materials, barkcloth and many types of silk. Styles include tab-topped, eyelet or grommet, pleated and shirred.
Ready-made panels are available in various sizes, styles and materials, providing easy decorating solutions for many rooms and many types of windows. Standard lengths satisfy most installation needs, allowing the rod height being adjusted higher than the window to match personal taste. Extra-long lengths could be put on tall windows, or perhaps gracefully “puddled” on to the ground. Rod-pocket sizes accommodate several standard pole diameters.