Published at Wednesday, 17 July 2019. Curtains. By Emeline Chardon.
Cotton was the main fabric used in traditional blinds, as it could be easily dyed in different colours, and designs could be woven in the fabric or printed on them. Lace blinds, with different designs woven in them, were also an extensive and essential part of traditional shades. In fact, lace curtains are quite popular even today.
Till the industrial revolution took place, only the rich could afford to buy curtains. These curtains were usually plain and coloured, and were made from silk or linen. In some homes, winter curtains were made from wool. The purpose of curtains has not changed over the ages; curtains are placed inside over windows to keep prying eyes from looking in to a home and to keep the interior of the house warm in winters. Curtains also blocked out exterior light.
Women have always spent many hours in selecting curtains for each room of the house. The curtains in the living room or where guests are received and the dining room are planned meticulously. Silk and linen blinds with elaborate designs either woven or embroidered were valued by households that could afford such curtains.
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