Curtains are often hung on the inside of a building's windows to block the passage of light. For instance, at night to aid sleeping, or to stop light from escaping outside the building (stopping people outside from being able to see inside, often for privacy reasons). In this application, they are also known as "draperies". Curtains hung over a doorway are known as portières. Curtains come in a variety of shapes, materials, sizes, colours, and patterns. They often have their own sections within department stores, while some shops are completely dedicated to selling curtains.
Curtains are a form of window decor and complete the overall appearance of the interior of the house. Curtains help control the ambiance and flow of natural light into the room. The effect of drapery or curtains is best seen in daylight, and with proper indoor light positioning, can look attractive even at night.
From evidence found in excavation sites at Olynthus, Pompeii and Herculaneum, portieres, a curtain hung over a doorway, appear to have been used as room dividers in classic antiquity. Mosaics from the 2nd to 6th century show curtains suspended from rods spanning arches.
In England, curtains began to replace wooden shutters towards the end of the 16th century. In Medieval England, the earliest form of window treatments were leather panels threaded onto iron rods. These were eventually replaced with woven wool panels. During the reign of Elizabeth I, ornately decorated Italian Renaissance fabrics, including brocades, velvets, and damask, began to be imported. These ornate fabrics, as well as fabrics decorated with crewel embroidery, were used in curtains during the English Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. Solid wood shutters were used during cold seasons.
A sheer or net curtain is one that is made from translucent fabric, such as a loosely woven polyester voile, silk or nylon made marquisette or ninon, and cotton lace, etc. Sheer curtains allow a majority of light to be transmitted through the fabric, with the fabric weave providing a basic level of UV protection while retaining maximum visibility outward through the curtain. Sheer curtains are sometimes referred to as "privacy curtains" in reference to their screening abilities; during the day most sheer fabrics will allow people inside the home to see the outside view while preventing people outside the home from seeing directly into the home. Due to the loose weave in sheer fabrics, these types of curtains offer very little in the way of heat insulation.
Uncoated fabrics provide the next level of heat insulation and light absorption. Uncoated fabrics constitute the vast majority of fabrics used in curtains, and are composed of a tightly woven fabric, most typically a cotton/polyester blend, which is mostly opaque when viewed in ambient light. Uncoated fabrics provide a reasonable level of heat insulation due to their tight weaves, but are too thin to completely absorb strong light. As a result, when curtains made from uncoated fabrics are closed in an attempt to block out direct sunlight, light will still be visible through the curtain because its textiles are shiny.
Although some curtains may employ pulley systems, they should not be confused with roller blinds or roller shades. They may be generally referred to as window treatments, which are cover or modification of the window, often with the aim to enhance the aesthetics of the window and the room.
Cubicle curtains, or privacy curtains are ideal for hospital patient rooms, clinics, nursing homes, educational and other facility environments. Find the right type of curtain, fabric or accessory for your curtain needs.
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Breezy and light, linen curtains enhance the room's sophisticated aesthetic while also diffusing the sun's rays. Want to create an airy scene in the nook? Hang a pair of sheer linen curtain panels from a metal curtain rod. Think classic white linen drapes for a traditional take, or make a statement with pastel greens, blues and pink linen curtain window treatments instead. In any case, be sure to let the base of each linen panel puddle on the floor for an even more modern approach. Interested in completely blocking out light in the master suite? Opt for linen blackout curtains instead. Not only do they darken the room for restful lounging, blackout linen curtains also help insulate the space and minimize outside noise. Solid shades of black or beige maintain a simple setting, while stripes, dots and zig-zags boost the whimsical feel of a child's room.
Add an elegant touch to your home with our soft curtains. Our curtain designs come in muted, neutral shades that will go well with your living room furniture and feature multiple heading types for different rods. Choose from subtle prints and a wide palette of materials such as velvet, linen and blackout shades. Explore our selection of rugs and cushions.
Tillman ArcShield welding curtains are the professionals go-to choice to enclose robotic welding cells, welding workstations, partition maintenance areas, and isolate areas while keeping workers protected from weld flash burn, and sparks.
Tillman ArcShield welding curtains are the professionals go-to choice to enclose robotic welding cells, welding workstations, partition maintenance areas, and isolate areas while keeping workers protected from weld flash burn, molten metal, and sparks.
Blackout curtains were used in Britain during World War Two to hide interior light from Nazi planes. If a Nazi pilot saw light coming from a building, the pilot was likely to bomb that structure. WWII is long over, but blackout curtains have a variety of other uses, including saving you money on heating bills.
Some brands of blackout curtains claim to block up to 99% of light. People who work at night can suffer from health problems due to their unusual sleep habits. Blackout curtains can create the ambiance of night and help reduce those health problems. The curtains can benefit those living in northern cities where the sun may be out for twenty or more hours a day. Blackout curtains can also be used to create complete darkness for your home theater system.
Blackout curtains can trap heat in during the winter and keep light and heat out during the summer. 10-25% of thermal energy loss goes out the windows. Blackout curtains can curtail this loss by a 25%, reducing your utility bills and greenhouse gases.
Outdoor industrial curtains are made of industrial grade vinyl PVC. This material is extremely flexible and very strong to keep the weather out while maintaining a comfortable work environment inside. Custom made outdoor industrial curtains will have a perfect fit and are designed specifically for your application. They are very inexpensive when compared to rigid walls and they have the added benefit of being able to be pulled back and stored when not in use. The heavy duty outdoor curtains come in two versions: the standard outdoor curtains and the super duty anchor strap version. And finally, the roll-up dock door curtains are the best when it comes to flexibility. They will cover any opening and prevent temperature loss.
We have supplied thousands of residential and commercial outdoor curtains around the country. The sales process is simple and straightforward, making it easy for the customer. Our outdoor clear curtains are easy to both hang up and take down. They can also be quickly installed by the customer without the need for professional help. Our outdoor enclosure curtains for patios, restaurants, decks, pergolas are made to order to your exact dimensions so that you don't have extra (and unsightly) material. We offer the best prices for custom-made outdoor curtains and we use the highest quality PVC and vinyl materials. If you can make a hand sketch, we can make a custom outdoor curtain just for you!
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Curtains can provide a freer and more dynamic flow in architecture. These elements are usually intended to protect the interior from sunlight or create visual privacy, but they are also used as decoration or as room dividers. Since they are very movable and flexible, curtains are becoming a popular choice for architects and interior designers, creating layers between interior and exterior spaces that transform the environment through light and shade. Here, we have gathered some examples of projects that use curtains, particularly in the facades, showing how this solution can affect the overall impression of the design. 041b061a72