Glass curtains

Fundamentals of Art and Design 3(1+2)


Glass curtains

Glass curtains are made of sheer fabric in simple straight lines and hung next to the window. They may be used with or without draperies. Glass curtains give day time privacy, softening the light and modify the harshness of the frame and shade. They should be exactly at the right length i.e stopping at the window sill, bottom of the window frame or one inch from the floor. Plain white, translucent material is desirable. Sheer ruffled curtains are effective without draperies

Pleated drapes are made of long fabric panels that are pleated across the top (or header), often with the help of drapery tapes that simplify the pleating. There are many different styles of pleated drapes.

Thermal lined drapes have a special lining that blocks out summer heat and winter cold to improve energy efficiency. Any drape can be thermal lined.

Tab-top curtains feature fabric panels that hang from fabric loops or tabs; variations include tie tops, clip/ring tops

Tie back curtains are often made of sheer fabric or self patterened fabric decorated with ruffles and are extremely ornamental. Tie back may be at high, low or centered, as it appears most pleasant to the window and room proportions

Criss Cross Curtains

Criss cross curtains are a more decorative style of net curtains than to provide privacy. As the name indicates criss-cross Curtains overlap each other partially or fully and may be tied back. Sheer, fabrics having ruffles or fringes give a more interesting look.

Café curtains are short, straight curtains that hang on the lower half of a window for privacy often paired with a valance or another pair of short curtains that cover the upper half of the window . The upper curtains can be made long to overlap the lower curtains for total privacy, or made short to leave the center of the window open for light and outside viewing. They are often hung on decorative rods by means rings, clips, hooks or loops.

Ruffled or Priscilla curtains feature fabric ruffles or a gathered trim attached to the top, sides or bottom edge. Ruffles add gracefulness and femininity. Their charm can be expressed in tiers, in a single ruffle at the bottom of a plain curtain or as a valance. They are the delight of a young girl’s domain. To ruffle effectively fabrics should be of light weight.

Tier curtains for producing tier curtains, two or more horizontal rows of short curtains are mounted so that they overlap and give the desired effect. Two or more curtains are hung horizontally to overlap with one another (Fig 9.8). The edges may be ruffled or fringes attached to these. For privacy, the lower tier may be permanently drawn. The upper tier should overlap the lower one by an inch or two.


Casement curtains are the ones made of standard casement cloth or a plain medium weight opaque material. They may be used alone or along with draperies. These are the curtains used on casement windows that open inwards and on French windows and doors. These are tightly stretched over the glass portion of the window. The fabrics used for the glass curtains may be used.

Draw Curtains

Draperies that can be drawn close to cover the entire window are known as draw draperies. In a formal setting these are designed to ensure privacy in the evenings and are hence more or less opaque. It is generally left open during the day and can be drawn by hand or cord after dark. Pleats are the most effective means of controlling fullness in such curtains.

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